Land offers ideas for alternative to health law

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has relentlessly attacked Democrat Gary Peters for supporting the federal health care law.

Now she's offering her "principles" for an alternative to the 4-year-old law. It's the first policy position formally released by the former Michigan secretary of state since launching her campaign last summer.

Land said Monday her ideas include giving patients more control over their money and decisions through pre-tax health savings accounts. She also wants to let people buy insurance across state lines and to keep intact the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Land says hospitals and doctors also should provide prices to patients before treatment.

Republicans see the health law as their ticket to victory in November, but they've been unable to unify around a credible alternative.

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