House GOP to draft bill replacing Obama health law

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are drafting a bill to replace President Barack Obama's health care overhaul if the Supreme Court strikes it down this summer.

Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Pitts, chairman of a health care panel, says the GOP leadership wants to seize the opportunity if Obama's signature legislation is ruled unconstitutional.

The Republican bill would include malpractice reform, high-risk insurance pools for people with pre-existing conditions, tax breaks for individuals and small businesses, and would allow people to buy cheaper coverage from insurers in another state.

The House voted to repeal the health care law last year, but the Democratic-led Senate refused and replacement legislation languished.

Pitts told reporters Wednesday his personal opinion is that some parts of Obama's law will survive.

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