House GOP conflicted on health law alternative

House GOP conflicted on health law alternative

House GOP conflicted on health law alternative

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Associated Press

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 7:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans agree they oppose "Obamacare," but they're divided on their promise to vote this year on a substitute.

Conservatives have been pressing Majority Leader Eric Cantor to unite Republicans behind an alternative to President Barack Obama's health care law and pass it in the House.

But GOP committee chairmen with jurisdiction over the issue have not agreed on a way forward or what that alternative might look like.

The Republicans' dilemma reflects the shifting political ground around "Obamacare" now that millions of people have enrolled for health care insurance through it. While people in large numbers still oppose the law, they increasingly are saying they want it fixed, not repealed.

Repeal remains the official GOP position but many Republicans acknowledge that's not realistic.

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