July 29, 2009
Even as Democrats in the House report a deal that could bring a September vote on a health care reform plan, Republicans there are unveiling a plan of their own.
The $700 billion plan would offer tax credits to help people buy insurance. But unlike Democratic proposals, it wouldn't require either individuals or employers to get coverage.
Although some ideas in the plan appeal to moderate Democrats, there's little chance the GOP proposal will be enacted in the Democratic-run House.
Still, it gives some GOP lawmakers something to point to when they're criticized back home during the August break for opposing President Barack Obama's plan. The Republican plan was drafted by Congressman Tom Price of Georgia, who's also a physician.
It avoids expanding the federal role in overseeing the health insurance industry.