House GOP: We Have a Plan

Feb 23, 2010 9:33am

ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: The White House is challenging Republicans to produce a health care plan. House Republicans say they already have. The House GOP plan has been online for several months. According to the the Congressional Budget Office, it would reduce premiums by 10 percent, addressing what Republicans say is the most important issue.  But it would only cover an additional 3 million people compared to 31 million in the Senate Democratic plan. Here are the highlights of the House GOP bill, provided by John Boehner's office (their words, not mine):

▪ Number one: Let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines. ▪ Number two: Allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do. ▪ Number three: Give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs (this will also help deal with coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions). ▪ Number four: End junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it's good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

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