McConnell asks govs for O-Care alternatives

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellReid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell Iran and heavy water: Five things to know Overnight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks 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 AlexanderDemocrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico pressure builds; Big tariff vote Wednesday Senate votes to increase wind energy funding MORE (R-Tenn.) and John BarrassoJohn BarrassoObamaCare premiums expected to rise sharply amid insurer losses Palestine is latest GOP offensive in climate change wars Senate GOP sticks with leadership team 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 BurrThe Trail 2016: The establishment comes around Intel leaders push controversial encryption draft Moulitsas: 2016 dim for GOP MORE (N.C.), Tom CoburnTom CoburnGOP faces existential threat Sanders tops 2016 field in newly deleted tweets The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Okla.) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchSupreme Court wrestles with corruption law IRS: Annual unpaid tax liability was 8B Hatch asks Treasury for memo that decreases transparency of tax rules 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 CantorRepublicans who vow to never back Trump NRCC upgrades 11 'Young Guns' candidates Cruz, Kasich join forces to stop Trump MORE (R-Va.) announcing Thursday that a vote will take place this year.