The current state of intentions contrasts sharply with the Pledge to America, the manifesto that Republicans campaigned on in 2010 when they took power away from the Democrats. That included a plan to “repeal and replace” what it termed a government takeover of health care.
It promised “common-sense solutions focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs,” including steps to overhaul medical malpractice laws and permit the sale of insurance across state lines. Republicans said they would “empower small businesses with greater purchasing power and create new incentives to save for future health care needs.” They promised to “protect the doctor-patient relationship, and ensure that those with pre-existing conditions gain access to the coverage they need.”
But Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., said, “We never did see a repeal and replace bill last time,” referring to the 2011-2012 two-year term that followed the Republican landslide. “I hope we can this time, and I’ll keep fighting for it.”