Bi-Partisan Health Care

Last week the GOP health care plan went down in flames….thanx to 3 brave Repubs….now there is scrambling to find a new health care plan…

News has come out that there could be a bi-partisan attempt at a repair….

“Centrist lawmakers plot bipartisan health care stabilization bill,” by Heather Caygle and Paul Demko: “A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats plan to unveil a slate of Obamacare fixes Monday they hope will gain traction after the Senate’s effort to repeal the law imploded. The Problem Solvers caucus, led by Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), is fronting the effort to stabilize the ACA markets, according to multiple sources. But other centrist members, including Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), and several other lawmakers from the New Democrat Coalition and the GOP’s moderate Tuesday Group are also involved.

“Their plan focuses on immediately stabilizing the insurance market and then pushing for Obamacare changes that have received bipartisan backing in the past. The most significant proposal is funding for Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies. Insurers rely on these payments – estimated to be $7 billion this year – to reduce out-of-pocket costs for their poorest Obamacare customers.”

Sounds good?

To my mind any time that something can be accomplished with the help of both Houses then it is a good day for the Republic.

Then there is Bernie’s promise to introduce a “single payer” system….

As Senate Republicans go back to the drawing board on the proposed Obamacare repeal, Sen. Bernie Sanders has swung the national healthcare debate to the other side of the pendulum. The Vermont Independent says he’ll “absolutely” introduce a single-payer bill to the Senate, reports the Hill. Sanders didn’t give a timeline for the proposed bill, but told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union that, “We’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together.” According to CNN, the senator admitted that the Republican-controlled Congress wouldn’t be the only obstacle in passing such a bill. Special interest groups all but sank Vermont’s bid to enact a single-payer system, he said, and would make such a proposal difficult to pass.

“Taking on the insurance companies and the drug companies, taking on Wall Street, taking on a lot of very powerful forces that make billions of dollars a year from the current health care system is not going to be easy,” he said, “and it’s not going to take place until millions of people get involved in this struggle.” Per the Hill, a spokesperson for Sanders called a single-payer amendment attached to the ObamaCare repeal Wednesday a “sham.” President Trump tweeted support for repeal Sunday morning, writing, “Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace…and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more.” But Sanders isn’t taking the bait: “If people don’t like the private insurance that they’re getting, they should have a Medicare-type public option available in every state in this country.”

Neither will go far but at least there is an attempt at a repair job….not something as moronically simplistic as a slogan like “repeal and replace”…..

I wish them both luck for they will need it.


13 thoughts on “Bi-Partisan Health Care

  1. To be honest, I have not ventured any opinion on how some healthcare plan should look. There are way too many economic facets to this and insurance company angles to understand the whole approach. But I AM a process person when it comes to problem solving and putting people on the task who are knowledgeable on what it takes to form a plan. All I know is that…

    1. A universal healthcare plan is WAY too important for some “slap together” partisan politics plan. The GOP must be willing to discuss modifying Obamacare, IF that’s the way to go….. and, the Dems have to be willing to dump Obamacare if THAT’s the way to go.

    2. Just a knee jerk repeal & replace with the sole motivation being the Trumpian obsession to remove an Obama “monument” is ABSOLUTELY incompetent and nuts.. and that is using VERY mild words to how I really feel about it. This “bang something together over the weekend” crap has got to stop and these clowns need to get serious. Obama gets first legacy dibs on bringing the healthcare discussion to the forefront with a first working plan. Whoop-de-do. If the next plan does not have his name on it, doesn’t matter. History knows he started it all. Let’s move on.

    3. Whatever plan is devised MUST include all facets… the doctors, insurance industry, OMB, CBO, the states, etc. I honestly think we are not far away (a decade or two perhaps) of socialized healthcare. It’s not that I favor it.. I rather do not. But, again using population growth, it’s inevitable. But for now… whatever they can dream up will suffice.

    4. This business that the GOP has had seven years to work all this out. Well…. for seven years we’ve ALL accepted that there are some very serious measures to fix inside of Obamacare. Yes… the GOP has been running Congress… but I have heard NOTHING coming from the Dems side as possible fix solutions in all that time either. My thought.. quit yer bitchin’ and finger pointing and everyone get the job done.

    Fini.. for now.

    1. I believe the Medicare for all is the best answer….the process is already in place some minor tweaking will be all it takes….I agree that the insurance companies need reeling in as well as Pharma…..that will be the real battle to come….

      Thanx for Following GSFP…I appreciate your help….chuq

  2. A fair system for all is the only real alternative, but as long as you have profit-seeking drug companies in charge, it is never going to happen. It seems to me like you are approaching some sort of massive medical catastrophe over there.
    Regards, Pete.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.