Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio has teamed up with Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan to develop a conservative alternative to Obamacare, as congressional Republicans renewed their commitment to repealing the president's signature healthcare law.
"I've been working on [an alternative] with Paul Ryan that we hope to introduce soon," Rubio said recently during an interview on a Denver radio station
"We want to have every American to be able to buy the kind of health insurance they want at a price that they are willing to buy and from any company in America that will sell it to you. And you should be able to buy it with either tax credit or pre-tax dollars, just like your employer pays for it if they decide to give it to you. And that's a lot better than the disaster we have right now."
Rubio did not give further details, but his office indicated to the Tampa Bay Times
Monday that the proposal was still coming together.
In the aftermath of the midterm elections, House Speaker John Boehner and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell penned an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal
in which they reaffirmed their commitment to repealing Obamacare.
A full repeal would not be possible since Congress would not have the votes to override a presidential veto, but McConnell has indicated that under his leadership, lawmakers could take a piecemeal approach.
In particular, he said he thought it would be possible to repeal Obamacare's medical device tax and the individual mandate, both of which have been highly controversial.
He also said he would be inclined to use the appropriations process to achieve a partial repeal.
Rubio is set to release a new book in January. In it, he will outline how he believes Obamacare is crushing innovation and entrepreneurship, The Tampa Bay Times
Ryan has been an outspoken critic
of the healthcare law, saying earlier this year that it will "collapse under its own weight."
"The sooner those of us who want true, real reform can show a better way forward, the faster we can repeal," he said.
Ryan added that an alternative plan should remove the federal "command and lead in the health-care system."
The Supreme Court last week
agreed to hear a challenge to Obamacare subsidies, which has been hailed as a victory for opponents of the law.
The decision came just a week before the second annual open enrollment
was due to begin.
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