The Republican stance on ObamaCare is clear--it's "repeal and replace."
REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH): "Republicans will fight to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with common-sense reforms that focus on lowering health care costs while protecting American jobs." ("Obama Signs Bill On Student Loans And Health Care," The New York Times, 3/30/10)
SEN. SCOTT BROWN (R-MA): "For starters, we can work in a bipartisan manner to repeal the worst parts of this bill. Americans have been clear that they do not like its $2.6 trillion cost, the higher taxes on families and businesses, the runaway spending, the state mandates, the sweetheart deals, and overcharging students to pay for health care. We should replace the worst parts of this legislation with solutions that would actually lower costs and improve the quality of care — such as allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, measures that will prevent waste, fraud and abuse, support for increased prevention and wellness programs, and reforms to limit costly litigation and defensive medicine." (Sen. Scott Brown, Op-Ed, "The Health Care Fight Is Not Over," The Boston Globe, 3/30/10)
SEN. JIM DEMINT (R-SC): "We'll find out in November who won or lost this battle. Over 60 percent of Americans still want Republicans to fight to repeal this. So what I do next is I`m trying to replace those who voted for this bill. I want to repeal it. And I want to replace it with some real reform that puts patients in charge of their health care again." (CBS' "Face The Nation," 3/28/10)
NBC's DAVID GREGORY: "Senator Graham, despite what you say, is a campaign of repeal -- you're a pragmatic legislator -- is that realistic?" SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): "Yes, only if you replace it. It is realistic to let the American people know the Class Act, which is a new entitlement where the government offers long-term health care insurance to the population, collects $78 billion in premiums to use to be paid for this bill so when the money is spent to pay for the health care bill, and when you need your Class Act coverage, there is no money there. It is good to repeal the cuts in Medicare and to repeal the massive tax increases and replace it with opportunities to buy insurance from the private sector without cutting Medicare and raising taxes and using budget Ponzi schemes like the Class Act. Yes, there is a way to do that, and 16 million people are dumped into Medicaid. My state is going to get killed by having to serve more Medicaid people. It's going to hurt state budgets." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 3/28/10)
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