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House GOP Health Care Reform

1:08 pm on Friday, January 21, 2011

Everyone knows House Republicans (along with three Democrats) voted Wednesday to repeal Obamacare. But fewer people know what those same House Republicans — this time, with 14 Democrats — did Thursday.

By a vote of 253 to 175, the GOP directed key House committees to report on ways to lower health care premiums, allow patients to keep their current health plans, increase access to coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, and decrease the price of medical liability lawsuits. In other words, the committees are beginning work on replacing the House-repealed Obamacare with Republican health policies.

via Washington Examiner.

One thing that bothered be about the GOP last time they were in the majority is that they really didn’t seem very serious about dealing with tough issues.  Either they demagogued, ducked the issue or let the President do all the work.  Obviously with a President who is now of the other party that last one is easier to avoid, but still it should be Congress that takes the lead in crafting legislation.

Like a lot of people I am skeptical of the House GOP since they didn’t do a great job last time, but this is an encouraging sign.  They should be well aware though that people like we are paying attention.

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