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If Republicans win control and repeal the Health Care Overhaul, what will they replace it with? What SHOULD they replace it with, if anything

Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what?

Not even they know.

Some have proposed major changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean start.

"During the health care debate there was just as much division within Republicans as there was between the parties," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a leading adviser to 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain. "It will be more visible now that Republicans may be in charge of one house because those divisions will come to the surface."


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:06 AM on Sep. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The insurance they themselves get.

    Answer by SWasson at 11:11 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • If they were serious about helping the people, they would come up with some real ideas and try to implement them.

    Kind of hard to do when you're LOCKED OUT of meetings, you're given lip service, you don't agree with the pork that is "sneaked" into the bills, and you don't have enough votes to pass your proposals, even if you wanted to!!!

    And BEFORE you go on and on and on about how Republicans have done nothing for you, lets not forget that for the past 20 months you've had YOUR choice in DEMOCRATIC "hope and change" leadership, and DEMOCRATS have held the MAJORITY in CONGRESS for almost FOUR YEARS!!!

    I think you need to rethink your misplaced hatred, and look at those YOU voted for!!! :oP

    Answer by LoriKeet at 12:31 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • and he was fulfilling a campaign promise. He ran on that bill...and was elected BY THE PEOPLE...for the Republicans to say they will get rid of that is saying they will disreguard what the American people voted for

    Baloney- He ran on lies and pipe dreams. 60+ % of America wants this lame excuse for health care reform to disappear. IN the real world, THAT is a majority.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:18 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • They could iron out some common sense measure. I would rather have what is there now than Obama care though.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:42 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Considering all you have to do is LOOK at likely GOP candidates to see the various plans and ideas, all of your assumptions and speculations could easily be eradicated...but where's the fun in that? :o)

    I imagine Republicans would continue along the lines of what McCain proposed in '08, that Obama is planning on "plagiarizing" for mid-term talking points, which is to give employees tax credits and subsidies to shop across state lines for the insurance plans that best meet their needs; ACTUALLY working on insurance company REFORM in being consistent in their policies/practices, claims and denial processes! Oh yeah...and allowing individuals the FREEDOM to CHOOSE whether or not they even WANT health insurance!

    Or MAYBE they will just help those who TRULY can't get health insurance--who DON'T qualify for Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP or already covered by spouse's plan, instead of imploding an entire system in order to control it?!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 11:50 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Such as

    Do you have memory loss? Go look through the millions of post back in the day when it was being debated. There are plenty of suggestions that would work.

    Answer by Carpy at 12:00 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • stacy...

    The "50 million uninsured" talking point has been debunked numerous times! When you subtract ILLEGAL aliens, self-employed people who CHOOSE not to have insurance, married couples who opt to participate in their spouse's plan and opt out of their own, those who ARE eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, S-CHIP, etc., but choose NOT to subscribe, and then there are the immortal 20-somethings who are no longer covered by their parents plans but choose to roll the dice and not carry insurance!

    After all is said and done, there is really about 12-15 million people who TRULY cannot get obtain insurance plans!! SO, wouldn't the more PRUDENT and cost efficient thing be for the government to take care of THOSE people, and leave the other 285+ million people ALONE, while actually working on REFORMING the health insurance industry?!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:02 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Repeal the bill and work on tort reform and cost control. Revamp medicare and medicaid. Return to a time that we had general practicioners who could treat you as a patient rather than a "specialty". Work on a system where hospitals don't artificially inflate the rate of care because someone has insurance which will allow premiums to lower. Have a bare bones policy that can be used for catastrophic injuries or illnesses but rates for office visits that can be paid out of pocket. But, the UHC that is now in the books is not fixing anything. It doesn't regulate anything that helps, and it will cost us more than we pay now. In the history of bad ideas....this was a doozy!

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:44 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • As long as our republican elected officials can continue giving themselves raises, not cutting their own budgets, and have their own pristine personal health insurance, they see no reason to do anything with our present health care plan. Now, if we the citizens of this country would require them to have the government provided health care plan we all have access to, they may consider doing some reform. I'm just saying, why would the rich representatives that have the top of the line everything handed to them want to change?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:10 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Have you guys heard the updates on how many people actually have health care coverage in this country? With the economy taking a dive those covered by employers is down to 1/2. The number of people on some kind of government coverage is like 1/3. And the number of uninsured has risen to over 50 million. We have to do something. Let me go look up the real numbers...I could be off since I heard these on the radio.

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 2:43 PM on Sep. 19, 2010