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As deadline looms, Republicans push alternative to the Affordable Care Act

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – With just three days until the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans are renewing the call to repeal and replace the law.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – With just three days until the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans are renewing the call to repeal and replace the law.

Monday is the last day for uninsured Americans to log onto healthcare.gov to begin the enrollment process, but as the clock ticks toward the deadline Republicans are calling for the end of the law.

"The President promised us you can keep your doctor, we know that's not true now. He promised you could choose whatever hospital, we know that's not true. He promised us for an average family of four this would reduce your cost by $2500, we absolutely know that's not true," said Representative Chris Stewart, R- Utah.

Stewart, who represents Utah's Second District, is one of several House Republicans to sign on as a cosponsor to the American Healthcare Reform Act.

"We have something that will address all of the significant issues that Obamacare was supposed to address and it didn't, in fact it made it worse," said Stewart.

Stewart says the republican alternative offers key fixes by repealing Obamacare, increasing competition to lower costs, tax reform, creating more deductions, malpractice reform and expanded access to health savings accounts.

State Senator, Jim Dabakis has read over the plan, he believes it is not the right solution.

"For struggling, poverty involved Utah families that desperately need healthcare how many deductions on top of deductions and fill out this many forms are going to solve the problem? This is just another idea that won't work," said Dabakis, D- Salt Lake City.

Dabakis admits the Affordable Care Act has problems, but he believes the best option is to work together to improve it.

"All they want to do is get the political fire of saying Obamacare is terrible and put a spike through it, that's not the Utah way," said Dabakis.

Stewart says it's the Affordable Care Act that is not the Utah way and the two ideas can't coexist.

"The Affordable Care Act has been so destructive to so many families it's hard for me to envision that we can fix this. I think it's structurally deficient," said Stewart.

This bill has yet to go before the House for a vote.

Even if it does end up passing the House, which it likely would, it would almost certainly face defeat in the Senate.

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