Here are 10 Republican Alternatives to Obamacare

Here are 10 Republican Alternatives to Obamacare

Over the years Democrats have been quick to criticize Republicans for not presenting another option to Obamacare. Yet, since 2009 Republicans have been working on several alternative plans to the Affordable Care Act. Here are 10 examples of Republican healthcare plans.

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This plan was introduced in May 2009 by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA). This comprehensive bill put affordable healthcare choices into the reach of all Americans.

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In June 2009 Then House Minority Whip, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) co-sponsored the GOP healthcare plan. This plan was a common sense initiative that kept the government out of the healthcare market.

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Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) introduces H.R. 3218 in July 2009.  This short 24 page bill provided refundable tax credits for medical costs, expanded access to health insurance coverage through individual membership associations and assisted in the establishment of high risk pools.

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This amendment proposed by then House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) was only 219 pages. It proposed no new taxes, limited the reach of the federal government and offered no cuts to Medicare.

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H.R. 5421 proposed by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) would have repealed the 7.5 percent threshold on the deduction for medical expenses, provided for increased funding for high-risk pools, and allowed acquiring health insurance across State lines.

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This bi-partisan plan proposed by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI)  in December 2011. This plan was focused on strengthening Medicare and and expanding health care choices.

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In June 2013 Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) proposed a patient-centered healthcare solution. This bill would have repealed Obamacare and replaced it with a system focused on four main objectives: to give access to healthcare for all Americans, rein in costs, solve insurance problems with pre-existing conditions and improve the health care delivery structure.

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This Act was introduced in September 2013 by Rep. David Roe (R-TN). It proposed a standard deduction for those with qualifying healthcare insurance plans, government funding for state wide pools for those with pre-existing conditions, and allow people to buy across state lines.

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In January 2014 U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) proposed the CARE act to replace Obamacare. This plan offered a common sense approach to reduce healthcare costs and increases access to quality care.

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In the newest version introduced this February 2015 by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. Richard M. Burr (R-N.C.) outline conservative goals to replace the Affordable Care Act.