McConnell asks govs for O-Care alternatives

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report Five things to watch in round two of Trump confirmation fights This week: Confirmation fights dominate ahead of inauguration MORE (R-Ky.) is asking GOP governors for ideas on how to replace ObamaCare and its "worst rules, regulations and mandates."

In a letter Thursday, McConnell and two colleagues asked Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) to solicit healthcare policy ideas from his peers. Haslam is the Policy Chairman of the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee.

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"ObamaCare must be replaced with reforms that Americans support," McConnell wrote, along with Sens. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderWeek ahead: Trump nominees brace for round two of hearings Trump education pick to face Warren, Sanders 9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for MORE (R-Tenn.) and John BarrassoJohn BarrassoGOP environment chairman plans ‘wholesale change’ at EPA Overnight Energy: Former Exxon chief Tillerson takes the hot seat Republicans scramble on ObamaCare replacement plan MORE (R-Wyo.). McConnell is facing a primary challenger in his reelection campaign.

"We want to work with you to develop our best ideas together, and show Americans who are frustrated and fearful of ObamaCare that there is a better way."

The letter is a sign of Republicans' new emphasis on proposing a comprehensive alternative to the Affordable Care Act. The GOP has vowed to "repeal and replace" the law since 2010, but proposals were scarce until this week, when three other Republican senators floated their own plan.

The proposal from Sens. Richard BurrRichard BurrTrump education pick to face Warren, Sanders Senate Intel panel to probe Trump team's ties to Russia Trump's CIA nominee seeks to calm nerves MORE (N.C.), Tom CoburnTom CoburnCoburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways Rethinking taxation MORE (Okla.) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchFive things to watch in round two of Trump confirmation fights Dems push for outside witnesses at Mnuchin hearing Live coverage: The Senate's 'vote-a-rama' MORE (Utah) would eliminate ObamaCare's federal mandates and offer tax breaks to help low-income people obtain health coverage. Critics argue the plan would substantially raise patient costs.

The House is also moving toward an alternative, with House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE (R-Va.) announcing Thursday that a vote will take place this year.