Delays in Health Reform Efforts Offer Chance for GOP To Push Proposals
With questions surrounding efforts to enact Democrats' health care reform legislation, Republican lawmakers are offering their own proposals for overhauling the U.S. health care system, NPR's "Morning Edition" reports.
For example, Republicans are touting caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases and proposals that would allow insurance companies to sell policies across state lines.
Republicans have long supported such proposals but did not enact legislation making the changes when the party controlled both houses of Congress during President George W. Bush's administration.ÂLen Nichols, head of the New America Foundation's health policy program, questioned Republicans' opposition to a number of proposals in Democrats' health care reform legislation, arguing that the bills highlight ideas Republicans backed in the 1990s (Rovner, "Morning Edition," NPR, 1/26). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.