Republicans eye health costs, not uninsured

Politico, January 25, 2011
Republicans are gearing up to replace President Barack Obama's healthcare plan, designed to cover 30 million people who don't have insurance. Just don't expect a package that goes nearly as far to cover the uninsured. The GOP's main goal is cutting costs for people who already have health coverage — not creating a vast government bureaucracy to cover people who don't. The differences could be stark. The closest model to what Republicans are suggesting now — a substitute plan they offered in the House in November 2009 — would have covered just 3 million of the uninsured. In fact, there is no House Republican plan yet, but the broad outlines of a GOP plan are becoming visible.

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