Campaign 2010

Mar 17, 2014

Here We Go Again: House Republicans Pretend to Have Health Care ‘Alternative’

House Republicans are once again pretending that they’ll be coming up with the “replace” from “repeal and replace.”  After more than 50 votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act without any attempts to actually replace it, nobody is buying Congressional Republicans’ latest stunt.  Every time Speaker Boehner and his Republican Congress claim to be working on an alternative, they end up just falling back to repealing the ACA and going back to the time when insurance companies had free rein to deny care, drop coverage and raise rates.

Timeline of Inaction:

  • January 18, 2011: GOP set to assail healthcare law and seek alternatives [Los Angeles Times]
  • January 20, 2011: House to begin work on health care law substitute [CNN]
  • June 5, 2011: Months after healthcare repeal vote, GOP still working on ‘replace’ [The Hill]
  • April 3, 2012: Looking Ahead, Republicans Examine Options in Health Care Fight [New York Times]
  • June 17, 2012: GOP on health care: Repeal quickly, replace slowly [Associated Press]
  • April 25, 2013: House Republicans laying groundwork for Obamacare replacement [Washington Examiner]
  • January 30, 2014: House GOP will offer Obamacare alternative this year [Los Angeles Times]
  • February 21, 2014: Cantor Says GOP Finishing Work on Obamacare Alternative, Details Agenda [Roll Call]
  • February 26, 2014: GOP Leaders to Huddle on Obamacare Alternative [Roll Call]
  • March 17, 2014: House Republican leaders craft their vision for an alternative to health-care law [Washington Post]