WASHINGTON – Arkansas Republicans Monday joined with their GOP colleagues to renew calls for repeal of health care reforms President Barack Obama signed into law two years ago.

WASHINGTON – Arkansas Republicans Monday joined with their GOP colleagues to renew calls for repeal of health care reforms President Barack Obama signed into law two years ago.

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., took to the Senate floor to criticize the law as the “wrong approach” to reducing health care costs.

“Coming with a price tag of $1.75 trillion, the law causes many more problems than it solves,” Boozman said.

At about the same time, Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, was leading a press conference of Republican freshmen who claim the law as it stands will lead to rationing of Medicare services.

Griffin and seven other GOP freshmen are seeking repeal of the “Independent Payment Advisory Board,” that was set up in the law to insure $500 billion in savings from the Medicare program.

In its place, they are proposing medical malpractice reforms that they claim would allow doctors to stop practicing “defensive medicine” – unnecessary tests and other procedures to avoid lawsuits.

“IPAB is just a cost cutter. It’s not a reform plan,” Griffin said.

Boozman said the health care reform law should be replaced with an alternative based on “free-market” principles.

Republicans have stepped up their political attack on health care reforms as the two-year anniversary approaches for the law and as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments next week challenging the constitutionality of the law.

Obama signed the health care reform bill into law on March 23, 2010.