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House GOP Leaders Discuss Health Care Alternative

WASHINGTON (February 28, 2014) U.S. House Republican leaders are taking a small step toward pulling together an alternative to President Barack Obama's four-year-old health care law, but they face deep divisions over whether the GOP caucus can coalesce around a comprehensive proposal.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor met privately on Friday with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the vice chairman of the Republican Conference and three committee chairmen, Budget's Paul Ryan, Education's John Kline and Ways and Means' Dave Camp to discuss a way forward.

Republicans who have derided Mr. Obama's law have voted some 50 times to repeal, gut, or change the Affordable Care Act, but they've been unable to unify around a credible alternative.

House Speaker John Boehner says replacing "Obamacare" requires a discussion of numerous proposals and there are at least 126 of them.


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