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No, The GOP's Obamacare Replacement Is Not Called The "World's Greatest Healthcare Plan"

The GOP leadership's bill is the American Health Care Act.

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Republicans this week finally unveiled their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, calling the replacement bill the American Health Care Act.

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Republicans have tried to undo Obamacare — more formally known as the Affordable Care Act — since it was signed into law in 2010.

The American Health Care Act represents the first real chance to fulfill that goal, with House and Senate leadership as well as the White House united behind the effort.

But another bill, ambitiously titled the World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017, is being mistaken for the GOP's main Obamacare alternative.

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Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas first introduced the "World's Greatest Healthcare Plan" in 2016, and he introduced an updated version this month.

Other GOP lawmakers have proposed their own alternatives, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan's A Better Way plan, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price's Empowering Patients First Act (which he first put forward when he was still in Congress).

The competing proposals have led to some confusion over what the Trump administration's Obamacare replacement is actually called.

Trump's replacement of Obamacare is named (drumroll): "World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017" 🎉🎁💃… https://t.co/WPjFG9CRQh

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The replacement for ObamaCare is called, no joke, "World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017" https://t.co/UfOpmXBlxa

The Independent even suggested that President Trump had personally come up with the grandiose name for the GOP's Obamacare replacement.

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Admittedly, "World's Greatest Healthcare Plan" does have a certain Trumpian ring to it.

So while there is a bill with that amazing name, it's not the bill that Republicans are trying to pass.

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Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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