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Roe introduces alternative to Affordable Care Act

September 18th, 2013 2:53 pm by Hank Hayes

Roe introduces alternative to Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe advocated his newly-introduced Republican legislative alternative to ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, on Wednesday.

Roe, R-Tenn., chaired a Republican Study Committee (RSC) Health Care Working Group to write and unveil the “American Health Care Reform Act,” a bill to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law.

 But Roe’s legislation would appear to be headed toward gridlock since it is opposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and would face a veto from Obama even if passed by the GOP-controlled House.

“House Republicans have voted more than 40 times to repeal ObamaCare, and are now threatening to shut down the government unless we deny funding to implement the law of the land,” Reid, D-Nev., said in a prepared release. “According to the voters and according to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, ObamaCare is the law of the land. It’s time for Republicans to start acting like it. It’s time for Republicans to stop denying reality...Instead of working with Democrats to effectively implement ObamaCare  —  or to pass new laws that benefit middle-class families  —  Republicans are obsessed with fighting old battles at taxpayer expense.

“And instead of standing with millions of Americans who are already benefiting from ObamaCare, Republicans are standing with insurance companies that would return us to a time when profits came before people.”

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