Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor.
The plan "ensures more choices, lower costs and greater control over your health care," according to talking points GOP leaders handed lawmakers heading home to face constituents during this week's recess.
Democrats say the proposal would threaten the coverage 20 million Americans gained under Obama's 2010 overhaul. "It's like rationing" health care, said Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's top Democrat.