GOP to 'pull the emergency brake' before Obamacare 'train wrecks'

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A House Republican leader in the fight to repeal Obamacare said the House plans to "pull the emergency brake" on the president's health reform bill before it crashes when fully implemented in January.

Georgia Rep. Tom Price, as early as Wednesday, plans to introduce his latest version to replace Obamacare with an alternative he said will cost less but insure just as many as the president's expensive plan.

Quoting Democratic Sen. Max Baucus' recent comment that Obamacare is heading for a "huge train wreck," Price said both parties should join to fix it before the disaster happens.

"What we need to do is pull the emergency brake before the wreck occurs," said Price.

The orthopedic surgeon said, "As a physician, I can tell you that this law is unworkable for patients and for doctors. For the health care system it is absolutely unworkable. As a former employer, I can tell you that it doesn't work for employers or employees. And as a former state legislator, I can tell you that it doesn't work for states. And as a member of the United States Congress, I can tell you that it doesn't work for the federal government either."

His plan backed by GOP leaders is to make health insurance and health care available through tax code changes and credits for the poor, not mandates as required under Obamacare. He told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that his plan would allow workers to carry their health care to a new job, like a 401k, make sure those with pre-existing conditions aren't barred from getting insurance and lawsuit reform to protect doctors from frivolous suits.

Price has been doggedly fighting implementation of Obamacare and just recently turned his attention to the massive Obamacare office in the Internal Revenue Service. He introduced the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 to block the scandalized tax agency from implementing or enforcing any provisions of the president's health care law.