The Republican Study Committee could release a major health reform proposal of their own as early Sept. 9.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the committee chairman, has said he wants the committee to get the proposal out after Congress returns from its August recess.
Scalise has been promoting the PPACA alternative bill project in town hall meetings in his district, and tweeting about the bill using the hash tags #replacementbill and #repealandreplace.
The committee developed an alternative to H.R. 3590, one of the bills at the heart of PPACA, in 2009, which would have encouraged employers to offer defined contribution plans and allowed carriers to sell coverage across state lines. It also would have imposed new curbs on medical malpractice suits and added new tax credits and deductions.
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute might have energized Republican efforts to come up with PPACA alternatives in March, when he wrote a white paper encouraging states to try to block the law.