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Platform to call for Obamacare repeal, replace

Rep. Marsha Blakburn, a co-chair on the platform committee, noted to Human Events that the document will include language sympathetic to opening up health care insurance competition across state lines.

The platform committee will present the 2012 GOP Convention with a document that calls for the Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, said Rep. Marsha W. Blackburn (R-Tenn.), one of the three co-chairs of the committee.

The platform was scheduled to be released Monday, but it was pushed back along with other convention items due to Tropical Storm Isaac. It is expected to be released Tuesday at Human Events will have a full analysis, shortly after it??s published.

The platform will also support health care reforms designed to increase competition, but the committee did not drill down into specific policies, she said.

Among the innovations the platform will include language sympathetic to reforms such as opening up health care insurance competition across state lines, she said.

??We focused on five things,? she said. ??No. 1 one is to have more choice and options. No. 2 would be to decrease cost and mandates,? she said. ??The third thing would be to simplify system and the fourth is to restore all the cuts that were made to Medicare,? she said.

Restoring those cuts is a high priority, she said. ??It came through loud and clear from the platform delegates.?

The fifth goal would be to make healthcare tax-free, she said.

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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.