GOP looks to 'repeal and replace' strategy on healthcare

Republicans won't just repeal healthcare legislation to replace it with nothing, a top House Republican said Tuesday.

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said that while the GOP is dedicated to push for repealing healthcare legislation to be signed into law today by President Barack Obama, they would seek to replace it with their own reforms.

"I think House Republicans are determined to stand for both repealing and replacing Obamacare with an approach that gives Americans more choices instead of more government," Pence said in a news conference on Capitol Hill.

"We're talking about 'repeal and replace,'" Pence said. "Don't leave out my 'and.'"

House and Senate Republicans quickly introduced bills to repeal the healthcare reform package Democrats passed through the House on Sunday, sending it to the White House for the president's signature.

The House GOP introduced their own, combined healthcare bill in November at the height of the first House healthcare debate, that bill having been demanded by Democrats.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that bill to reduce the deficit and some costs, but estimated the GOP plan wouldn't go as far in extending coverage to the uninsured.

"Republicans are going to talk about repealing that government takeover while bringing forward at the same time proposals that will meet with the expectations of the American people," Pence explained.