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GOP's turn to provide health care solutions

GOP lawmakers slammed President Obama's blueprint for health care reform, so the burden will be on them to offer real solutions when they meet with Obama at a televised health care summit today. An earlier House GOP proposal had some good ideas for curbing costs but would not have significantly reduced the number of uninsured and would not have prohibited insurance companies from denying claims or coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Sky-high premium increases announced this month in California and other states — in some cases as high as 39 percent — show what can happen when people aren't required to have insurance. The problem is that, because healthy individuals aren't buying insurance, high percentages of people in the plans have major health problems, which cause the policies to become more and more costly.

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