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Here Are Seven Republican Alternatives to ObamaCare
Reps. Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, Tom Price, as well as President Bush proposed plans to expand access, lower costs

As Republicans criticize President Obama's embattled health-care overhaul, some are in turn attacking Republicans for not having health-reform plans of their own. "The apology should be coming from the conservatives," said the host of MSNBC's "The Ed Show," Ed Schultz. "The conservatives should be apologizing for having no plan."

But that is not entirely true. Republicans have proposed legislation aimed at solving the same problems the president's plan attempts fixing -- lower costs, expanded access, better care. Here are seven proposals:

  • In August 2013, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) outlined the Empowering Patients First Act

  • In November 2009, Republicans united around a "substitute bill" to ObamaCare. Here is Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) explaining the legislation:

  • In July 2009, Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) outlined an earlier Republican ObamaCare alternative:

  • In May 2009, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wyo.) introduced the Patients' Choice Act:

  • In June 2008, Sen. Richard Burr pitched his Every American Insured bill:

  • In May 2008, Sen. Ron Wyden (R-Ore.) introduced the bipartisan Healthy Americans Act:

  • In his 2007 State of the Union address, then-President Bush outlined his plans to insure all Americans while bringing down costs:

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