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House GOP Offers Health Alternative

A draft of the House Republicans' health-care bill has been made public, revealing legislation that focused on lower costs rather than expanding coverage. The bill—weighing in at 230 pages to the Democrats’ 1,990-page proposal—doesn't stop insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and has no requirement that people buy health insurance. It also caps malpractice damages, encourages the creation of insurance pools, and provides incentives for people to use health savings accounts. Aides to Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) have said that the bill is a draft, and changes may still be made.