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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Mum On Ideas For Replacing Reform Law

12/29/11

  11:55:12 am, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Mum On Ideas For Replacing Reform Law

The Washington Post takes Republican presidental candidates to task for not offering any new health care reform ideas to fulfill the oft-repeated “repeal and replace” pledge.

Columnist David A. Fahrenthold notes that both former House speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney oppose the mandate that individuals puchase insurance policies. In its place, they suggest tax credits and bargains on out-of-state policies – the same ideas proposed by 2008 GOP nominee John McCain and dismissed even by some conservatives as inadequate.

Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute says that the candidates and Republicans in general have been relatively silent about replacing the health reform law for “two good reasons": One, they’re “winning the argument” on the “repeal” part of the pledge, so they’ve no need to address the other part; and two, “Their current proposals [for replacement] aren’t ready for prime time.”

To get a better idea of where GOP presidential hopefuls stand on major health care issues, including Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, Kaiser Health News has compiled a handy chart. You can view it on the KHN website.

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