House GOP talk about health care alternative amid deep divisions over viable option

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By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are taking a small step toward pulling together a viable alternative to President Barack Obama's 4-year-old health care law.

But they face deep divisions over whether the GOP caucus can coalesce around a comprehensive proposal.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor met privately on Friday with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the vice chairman of the Republican Conference and three committee chairmen — Budget's Paul Ryan, Education's John Kline and Ways and Means' Dave Camp to discuss a way forward.

Republicans who have derided Obama's law have voted some 50 times to repeal, gut or change the Affordable Care Act, but they've been unable to unify around a credible alternative.

House Speaker John Boehner says replacing "Obamacare" requires a discussion of numerous proposals. There are at least 126.

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