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GOP solutions needed

| Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In my letter “A conservative shift” (July 14 and, I argued there would be a conservative shift among college graduates. It isn't far-fetched. But for young professionals to jump aboard with the GOP, the message needs to change from “repeal everything” to “solutions.”

The GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has passed many bills to repeal ObamaCare: all symbolic, none going anywhere. GOP politicians, such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, are campaigning against this health care act. That's fine.

What hasn't been provided are plausible alternatives. I'm not an ObamaCare fan, and actually, the majority of Americans aren't fans, either. Our country champions jobs and growth; ObamaCare hurts both. But most Americans, conservatives included, also hate to see someone without needed care.

This is why Republicans need to be more pragmatic and explain how, in general terms, an alternative solution triumphs. Young Americans don't need a list of ugly statistics. Instead, we'd rather learn plausible ways of tackling health care at state or local levels. The federal government could form genuine partnerships with states instead of shoving rules at them.

Using election rhetoric, it's important for the GOP to care about the “100 percent.” I'm one of many who wants to repeal ObamaCare. But what's the alternative?

Alex Vargo

Fox Chapel

The writer graduated in April from the University of Pittsburgh.

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