Senate Dems call for bipartisan, ‘transparent’ work on healthcare
Senate Democrats are doubling down on their push for Republicans to drop their effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, calling for the GOP to instead work together with them to improve the law.
Democrats said they would be willing to work with Republicans on reducing the cost of prescription drugs, lowering premiums and out-of-pocket costs, “stabilizing and strengthening” the insurance market and helping more small businesses and families get insurance.
Republicans have shown no sign of backing down from the years-long pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. McConnell warned on Monday that passing legislation wouldn’t be “quick,” but that the status quo of ObamaCare isn’t acceptable.
The House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) late last week with only GOP votes, but Senate Republicans are expected to make significant changes to the bill as they search for a proposal that can get 51 votes.
Democrats also sent a letter earlier this year warning that they wouldn’t help pass so-called “phase three” healthcare legislation — additional bills that would need to be passed separately from ObamaCare repeal and replacement.
The additional legislation would need 60 votes, including buy-in from Democrats. A handful of red-state Democrats up for reelection in states carried by Trump didn’t sign the earlier letter.
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