House Republicans will vote on an alternative to ObamaCare in 2014, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced to members at their annual retreat Thursday morning.
“This year, we will rally around an alternative to ObamaCare and pass it on the floor of the House,” Cantor said during a presentation in which he outlined four areas — healthcare, jobs, helping the middle class and creating opportunities — where Republicans would offer “big, bold ideas.”
The news, according a Republican leadership aide in the room, drew applause from lawmakers, who have pushed the GOP leadership to embrace a Republican healthcare plan nearly four years after Obama signed his signature policy achievement into law.
Several members stood up to support Cantor’s announcement and urged the party to focus on issues that speak directly to people’s lives.
“We need to show people we care,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said during the meeting.
Cantor did not endorse a specific proposal among the many that individual lawmakers have introduced. A slide presentation that accompanied his speech cited four “solutions” that Republicans have long embraced: high-risk pools, allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines, medical liability reform and expanded health savings accounts.