A presidential nominee acceptance speech probably is not the place to explain how you plan to fix healthcare in the United States, but Mitt Romney last night offered zero detail on what he would put in place of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The official party platform, on the other hand, covers many facets of the US healthcare system and what the Republicans plan to do. “A Republican President, on the first day in office, will use his legitimate waiver authority under that law to halt its progress and then will sign its repeal,” states the platform. The Republicans in Congress and the president, should Romney win, will replace the ACA with a mixture of regulations for insurers, legislation that encourages personal responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, tort reform, price transparency, and tax breaks for the self-insured.
What follows are excerpts from the platform relevant to healthcare, unfiltered.