House Moves to Replace Health Care Law

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The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the new health care law. Now they've started working on another measure to replace it.

One plan is to get rid of unpopular parts of the new law and advance GOP alternatives on key issues like medical malpractice.

"We will begin ... to implement step-by-step, common-sense reforms that actually lower the cost of health care and actually respect the doctor-patient relationship," said the Ways and Means chairman, Rep. David Camp, R-Mich.

Meanwhile, the new era of civility in Washington, D.C. may not last long. Before the Republicans voted to repeal the law, one Democratic congressman blasted the GOP on the House floor Tuesday night, comparing their attacks on the healthcare law to tactics used by the Nazis before and during World War II.

"The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believe it -- believed it and you had the Holocaust," said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. "We heard on this floor, (about the) government takeover of health care. There is no government takeover."

A new national survey has revealed nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors fear the law could make health care worse for their patients.

According to the poll conducted by Thomson Reuters and HCPlexus, 65 percent of doctors believe the quality of health care will deteriorate over the next five years and only 18 percent think it will improve.

When asked what kind of healthcare professional will treat the 32 million currently uninsured Americans who will have access to healthcare under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, respondents said that nurse practitioners will see as many patients as primary care physicians. The survey revealed that many patients will be seen by physician assistants.

Some doctors also believe they will have to do more work under the new law, but won't get paid for it.

The survey was conducted among 2,958 physicians nationwide in September, 2010.

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