If America had a dollar for every time a Republican mentioned their upcoming vote on a GOP Obamacare alternative, we could probably fund a single payer system. Republican lawmakers are once again calling for a vote on an alternative, even though all of the factors working against them are still in play: there are too many ideas, the GOPcare still looks too much like Obamacare and, more importantly, Republicans would rather run on a theoretical alternative than a real one. Just ask Mitch McConnell.
According to The Wall Street Journal, members of the large conservative wing of the House, the Republican Study Committee, will ask House leaders on Thursday to move forward with their bill, which has the support of 130 GOP representatives. The RSC bill is just one of four major proposals that the party has been debating, as the Washington Post noted in March. The RSC plan would "boost federal support for state high-risk pools aimed at helping cover those with existing conditions and overhaul medical liability laws," and also tax employer plans (and offer tax breaks to consumers).
The goal is to vote on something before the August recess, giving lawmakers a chance to go home and campaign on the alternative. But the RSC plan is only one of several plans floating around and, more importantly, it's not that good. The medical liability/malpractice reforms Republicans have supported in the past were recently ruled unconstitutional by a Florida court, and high-risk pools aren't as good at insuring people as banning pre-existing condition screening.