House GOP Leaders Outline Health Care Plan – Without Numbers or Details

ABC News' Dean Norland reports:

House Republicans unveiled an outline of their healthcare reform plan at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday.

The broad-stroke plan, given to reporters as a three-and-a-half page summary, lacked details or a cost estimate.

The Republicans promised those would come later.

The goals of their reform package include:

  • making quality healthcare affordable and accessible for every American,
  • regardless of pre-existing health conditions;
  • preventing Americans from being forced into a new government-run healthcare plan;
  • letting Americans who like their healthcare coverage keep it;
  • ensuring that medical decisions are made by patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats; and
  • improving Americans’ lives through effective prevention, wellness and disease management programs, while developing new treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases.

“I will guarantee you we will bring you a bill that costs far less, far less than the Democrats and will provide better results for the American people,“ promised Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the chairman of the House GOP’s Healthcare Solutions Working Group.

Blunt also said taxing healthcare benefits that workers receive from their employers is not a part of the Republican plan.

Rep Dave Camp (R-MI) said Republicans will come up with a bill that is paid for, but until it is committed to legislative language and the Congressional Budget Office reviews it, there is no way to put a price tag on it.

“Today is talking about an American vision for healthcare reform, one that we believe will get a lot of support,” Camp said.

--Dean Norland

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