GOP unveils health reform repeal arsenal

Republicans have already introduced almost a dozen bills aimed at repealing, defunding and otherwise weakening Democrats' healthcare reform law since the new Congress opened for business Wednesday.

At the same time, liberal Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) followed through on a promise to reintroduce her public option bill. The Congressional Budget Office last year said it would save $68 billion over 10 years, but the government-run program was dropped from the reform.

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"This is the perfect moment for the public option," Woolsey said in a statement. "It builds on the health care reform legislation by lowering costs and it provides a great way to bring down the deficit."

In addition to House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorDavid Brat may run for Senate if Kaine becomes VP The Hill's 12:30 Report Lobbying world MORE's (R-Va.) bill to repeal the entire law, at least two Republicans — Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Connie Mack (R-Fla.) — have introduced straight repeal bills.

Others are more specific:

• Rep. Scott GarrettScott GarrettThe Trail 2016: Candidate tug-of-war Dem group slams NJ Republican for 'hateful agenda' Divided GOP to powwow on budget MORE (R-N.J.) has a bill to repeal the individual mandate, and Rep. Ted PoeTed PoeOvernight Tech: Dem presses Facebook on gun sales | Praise for new librarian of Congress | Fourth Amendment Caucus to push privacy concerns Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer 2.0 releases more DNC docs; China hacked banking regulator Texas lawmaker announces leukemia diagnosis MORE (R-Texas) would prohibit federal funds to be used to enforce it;

• Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) would replace the healthcare reform law with "incentives to encourage health insurance coverage;"

• Rep. John FlemingJohn FlemingDavid Duke will bank on racial tensions in Louisiana Senate bid Former KKK leader David Duke running for Senate Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE (R-La.) has two bills — one would amend the law to allow states to elect not to establish a health exchange, while the other would prohibit the hiring of additional employees by the Internal Revenue Service to "implement, administer, or enforce" the law. He also proposes to rescind funds for the law's Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund;

• Rep. Tom GravesTom GravesHouse votes to keep lawmaker pay freeze in place Lobbying World GOP chairman taking highway funding search to Atlanta MORE (R-Ga.) would deauthorize appropriation of funds to carry out the law; and 

• Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) has a bill to repeal the law's 1099 tax reporting requirement.

Other proposals don't directly target the healthcare reform law.

Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnFive ways Trump’s convention was a success Trump campaign puts diversity on display in final night of convention The Trail 2016: Trump’s big night MORE (R-Tenn.) wants to allow Medicare beneficiaries the option of choosing a voucher for a health savings account or a high-deductible health insurance plan while eliminating the late enrollment penalties for people who wait until they're 70 to enroll in Medicare. And Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has a bill to "provide greater health care freedom for seniors."

Cantor's full repeal bill is set for a vote Wednesday.