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November 3, 2009

Only Republicans have offered solutions to lower health care costs and make it easier to obtain quality, affordable coverage without imposing a massive burden on the American people, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).

Republicans released their health care plan in June, and over the last six months, have introduced at least eight bills that, taken together, would implement this blueprint, says Boehner.  You can go right now to and get all the details, but for now, here are four ideas Republicans have proposed:

  • Let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.
  • 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 today.
  • Give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs; and
  • 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.

These are four smart, fiscally responsible reforms that we can implement today to lower costs and expand access at a price our nation can afford, says Boehner.

The best way to get a sense of what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's takeover of health care looks like is to actually look at it, says Boehner:

  • Just shy of 2,000 pages, it runs more than 620 pages longer than the government-run plan Hillary Clinton proposed in 1993.
  • This 1,990-page bill will centralize health care decision-making in Washington, D.C.
  • It will require thousands of new federal employees and will put unelected boards, bureaus and commissions in charge of who gets access to what drug and what potentially life-saving treatment.
  • And it won't come cheap; Speaker Pelosi's health care bill will raise the cost of Americans' health insurance premiums; it will kill jobs with tax hikes and new mandates; and it will cut seniors' Medicare benefits.

Source: Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), "Weekly remarks: John Boehner says health costs will soar," Los Angeles Times, November 1, 2009.

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