WASHINGTON (CAP) - Eager to recapture the edge in its ongoing battle with the administration over health care reform, congressional Republicans have unveiled their own version of the so-called public option that they claim will save money and provide instant relief to millions of uninsured Americans.
"We call it Let Us Help Us, and we think it will revolutionize the way we seek health care in this country," Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), one of the initiative's authors, told reports at a press conference today. "It embraces the essence of the free market system, without the oppressive hand of government regulation. No socialism! And the beauty is: anyone can be a part of it. Anyone can submit an ailment to be bid on."