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House Republicans will offer their own health-care reform bill – MedCity Morning Read, Nov. 2, 2009

House Republicans plan to offer an alternative to the Democrats’ health-care reform bill, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio said Sunday.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republicans plan to offer an alternative to the Democrats’ health-care reform bill, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio said Sunday, Reuters reported.

The Republican bill would not raise taxes or require people to buy health insurance, according to Reuters. It would extend coverage to “millions more” Americans, Boehner said, but would not try to cover all 46 million uninsured people. The Democratic bill, on the other hand, would cover 36 million uninsured Americans, Reuters said.

“What we do is we try to make the current system work better,” Boehner said on CNN’s “State of the Nation,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Among other things, the Republican legislation would propose new limits on medical malpractice lawsuits and allow people to group together to buy insurance, according to the Journal.

Reuters said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, is expected to bring her party’s proposal to the floor this week. “While she will need to win over more liberal members of her party who want a stronger government role, she needs just 218 votes to pass the measure,” Reuters reported, noting that there are 256 Democrats in the House.

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