|March 24, 2014|
Previously published on March 21, 2014
This week, Republican leaders in the House began to offer up details of their alternative to the President's Affordable Healthcare Act (better known as Obamacare).
Republicans have long come under criticism from supporters of the President's healthcare reform for failure to have a healthcare plan of their own. The new Republican plan includes an expansion of high-risk insurance pools, promotion of health savings accounts, inducements for small businesses to purchase coverage together, the ability to buy insurance across state lines, guaranteed renewability of policies, and changes to medical-malpractice regulations.
While none of these ideas on their own are new ones - indeed many of them have been pushed by conservatives for years - this is the first time that House Republicans have pulled all of these ideas together in a comprehensive alternative to Obamacare.
Republican leadership has reportedly promised its members a vote on this alternative this year, but many observers question the likelihood of a vote considering the difficulty leadership has had in corralling the GOP caucus in the past.