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Duffy preparing alternative health care proposal


UNDATED (WSAU) House Republican Sean Duffy of Ashland says he’s almost ready to introduce a comprehensive alternative to the Democrats’ national health care reform package. Duffy broke a campaign promise earlier this year when he voted in favor of repealing President Obama’s package without a replacement measure he could support. Duffy said he had been assured that the G-O-P would roll out its alternative by spring – and then summer. But it still hasn’t come out. And Duffy says he’s been working on an alternative that would quote, “start the discussion.”

He said it would include items he supported in his election campaign a year ago – the ability of a worker to move insurance to a future employer, an expansion of health savings accounts, and more transparency in general. There have been several bills which chip away at the Democrats’ health package – like a measure that lets people buy coverage across state lines. That has not come up for a vote yet.

The only change to reach the president ends a tax reporting requirement for businesses – and lawmakers of both parties agreed it put too much of a burden on companies.