Given the GOP's objection to Obamacare, I have a question about its alternatives.

Assuming that we are unwilling to repeal the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which mandates that hospitals provide coverage to anyone who comes to their doors regardless of ability to pay,

  • What would the GOP/right like to do about the healthcare situation in the US?

  • How would they change Obamacare to be more in line with the conservative viewpoint?

  • If the GOP were actually to repeal it, what would they put in its place?

  • They don't quite know yet: thehill.com/homenews/house/…
    – Publius
    Jan 17, 2014 at 22:54
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about prognostication of an event that is not going to happen. The GOP position is that the government should not be involved in healthcare management. Jan 22, 2014 at 20:09
  • @Chad That is one of my primary reasons for posting the question. The government is involved with healthcare through the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. Assuming the GOP isn't in support of repealing this act (not a very popular position), how would they bring the healthcare laws more in line with their views? It is a practical question; not an ideological one. Jan 22, 2014 at 21:24
  • @ChrisMueller - That is off topic for this SE. Jan 22, 2014 at 21:25
  • The last thing the internet needs is another political discussion forum. I am sure you can go find one of the many others outh there Feb 4, 2014 at 22:11

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They would likely pass something like the American Health Care Reform Act of 2013 to replace Obamacare

This would among other changes:

  • Repeal Obamacare.

  • Allow everyone to deduct healthcare expenses, not just those who itemize (helps the bottom 40% of households).

  • Treats High Deductible Healthcare Plans (HDHP) as Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

  • Increases HSA maximum contributions.

  • Limits non-economic damages to $250,000 for medical malpractice.

This is more inline with the GOP/Conservative viewpoint. They do not believe that the federal government has the right to force you to purchase healthcare coverage.

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    I think the final paragraph might be too strong, as the individual mandate was originally supported by the Heritage Foundation and Republican governor Mitt Romney. It seems that there may not be consistent consensus on the Republican viewpoint in that area. Still, it pretty much answers the question, so +1.
    – Publius
    Jan 18, 2014 at 21:57
  • @Avi, "originally supported" != "currently supported"
    – user1873
    Jan 19, 2014 at 1:30
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    Though I recognize the Heritage Foundation and Romney have spoken out against the Affordable Care Act, I don't recall that either have denounced their own proposals.
    – Publius
    Jan 19, 2014 at 4:53
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    @Avi, "They do not believe that the federal government has the right to force you to purchase healthcare coverage." QFT. Mitt, "the federal government [...] impose it on all of the states. That is one of the reasons why this bill is unconstitutional," and Heritage, "not a constitutionally permissible activity by the federal government." Still think the final paragraph is too strong?
    – user1873
    Jan 19, 2014 at 5:54
  • eh, I guess the qualifier that they feel that is not in the domain of the federal government specifically sufficiently qualifies the statement then.
    – Publius
    Jan 19, 2014 at 6:14

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