Obama to GOP: Let’s See Your Health Plan
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 @ 7:51PM
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama chided Republicans during his State of the Union address Tuesday night for their repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and he challenged them to come up with a health reform plan of their own.
“If you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice, tell America what you’d do differently,” Obama said. “Let’s see if the numbers add up, but let’s not have another 40-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans.”
The president was referring to the more than 40 House votes to repeal part or all of the law or change or block different aspects of it. The votes passed the House but none of the legislation was taken up by the Senate.
The line drew a long standing ovation from his Democratic lawmakers, but didn’t draw a smile from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who was seated behind the president.
Senate Republicans this week introduced their bill to replace the ACA, a bill that largely relies on tax credits to help cover the uninsured. The bill was co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, MD (R-Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
Last fall, House Republicans introduced another ACA-replacement bill, a product of the Republican Study Committee and Health Care Working Group Chairman Phil Roe, MD (R-Tenn.).