Top Republican: ‘We have failed’ to deliver ObamaCare alternative

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Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersGOP campaign chief: Turn up the heat on Clinton GOP rep: Ryan's agenda to restore representative government Restoring the VA's promise to veterans MORE (R-Wash.) says the Republican Party has "failed" so far to put forward an alternative to ObamaCare, but insists it's one of Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanHouse Democrats hit with ethics complaint over sit-in Pelosi urges Dems to hold sit-ins in their districts this week Ryan: GOP won't 'tolerate' another sit-in MORE's (R-Wis.) top priorities.

“We have failed to do that,” McMorris Rodgers told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 New York's "The Cats Roundtable" on Sunday. “But that’s where Speaker Ryan says we have to put that specific policy proposal forward, and he’s already tapped a member to lead that effort.”

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“We’ve got to write the specific replacement to the Affordable Care Act,” she continued. “We’ve talked about repealing ObamaCare, we’ve taken votes, we’ve put the bill on the president’s desk to repeal ObamaCare, but we’ve got to put forward, ‘What is the future of healthcare?’”

McMorris Rodgers said the Republican alternative needs to put patients and doctors back in charge of making healthcare decisions. 

“We have some ideas, and we just need to rally around them and bring it back to patient-centered healthcare,” she said.

“Give the decision making back to the individual and the doctor, and not this government-knows-best, top-down approach that I think we’re all fearful of, that takes away our choices.”

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