GOP shies away from offering healthcare reform alternative

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Republicans might not offer a comprehensive plan to replace President Obama's healthcare law if the Supreme Court strikes it down this summer.

House Republicans had said they would have a healthcare bill ready to go by the time of the ruling to present a clear alternative to the Democrats' Affordable Care Act.

But now, with the high court's ruling just weeks away, some conservatives are urging the party to abandon that strategy, fearing voters will recoil from another sweeping revamp of the healthcare system.
"I don't want to go that route," said Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), a doctor and a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Supreme Court is expected to decide next month whether the healthcare law's individual mandate is constitutional -- and, if not, whether the rest of the law can stand.

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