What Would Republican Replacement Look Like?
by Meghan McCarthy
January 30, 2012
Source: National Journal
Much of the talk from Republican lawmakers on health care reform has focused on efforts to repeal the 2010 health care reform law. But this year, they are talking about what could replace it if they accomplished that goal. Last week Rep. Joe Pitts, the chairman of the health subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, described a package of policy initiatives that he hoped his committee would tackle later this year.
The planks of the package included medical liability reform, rules to make health insurance purchases possible across state lines, and efforts to ensure that employees could take their insurance with them if they left a job.
Would such policies be a good replacement for the current health care reform package? Would they expand access to health insurance? Would they bring down costs?
John C. Goodman
President and CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis, and Kellye Wright Fellow