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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Newt Was Wrong in Saying GOP has 'Zero' Alternatives to Obamacare

Friday, 23 Aug 2013 07:53 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is wrong when he says Republicans have “zero” alternatives to President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, according to Congressman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.

“I disagree with him. We have lots of bills. “[There’s the] ‘Across State Lines . . . Health Insurance,”’ Blackburn — who has proposed legislation to delay the start of Obamacare — told Charles Payne, guest host of “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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“[There’s the] ‘Across State Lines . . .  Health Insurance. Individuals get a health insurance product that they like. They can keep it and take it from job to job.

“They won't be forever having to change their health insurance every time they change a job, change their network of doctors and things. That is just smart. It saves money, it saves time, it delivers better . . . healthcare.”

Another plan she said is a combination of several bills that have been drafted by Republican lawmakers.

“[They are] dealing with tort reform, dealing with accountability for insurance companies, making certain that patients retain their access to their physician,” the Volunteer State lawmaker said.

Blackburn insists that delaying the Affordable Care Act, and then defunding it, makes more sense than just trying to defund it at the outset, as some Republicans want to do.

“It's a four-step process: you delay it, you defund it, you repeal it, and then you replace it with reforms that are pro-market, patient-centered that the American people want to see,” she said.

Blackburn said those interested in finding out more about her bill to delay Obamacare and promote an alternative should visit the cosponsor.gov web site.

“They can click on to co-sponsor that bill and help us send a message to people in Washington, D.C.,” she said.

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