aside What? Hold The Presses! Democrats And Republican Are Working Together To Fix ACA

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It could be that the republican President Donald Trump has been the catalyst for a miracle happening in the US Congress. It is being reported that groups of republicans and democrats are huddling together to work on serious plans to fix Obamacare, ACA, Affordable Care Act.

Those of us who are part of the resistance,  please contact the leaders of both houses of the US Congress to support these bipartisan efforts. Action has to taken by MID-September 2017 before the insurance companies have to make decisions for the year 2018, regarding rates, deductibles, copays and /or if the executives of the health insurance entities even plan to participate in the ACA market place.

Leaders of the US Senate are:  Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)

Leaders of the US Congress are:

Speaker of the House

Speaker Paul D. RyanRep. Paul D. RyanElected by the whole of the House of Representatives, the Speaker acts as leader of the House and combines several roles: the institutional role of presiding officer and administrative head of the House, the role of leader of the majority party in the House, and the representative role of an elected member of the House. The Speaker of the House is second in line to succeed the President, after the Vice President.

Republican Leadership

Rep. McCarthyMajority Leader

Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Represents Republicans on the House floor.

Rep. ScaliseMajority Whip

Rep. Steve Scalise

Assists leadership in managing party’s legislative program.

Rep. McMorris RodgersRepublican Conference Chairman

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Heads organization of all Republican Party members in the House.

Rep. MesserRepublican Policy Committee Chairman

Rep. Luke Messer

Heads Conference forum for policy development.

Democratic Leadership

Democratic Leaders PelosiDemocratic Leader

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Represents Democrats on the House floor.

Rep. HoyerDemocratic Whip

Rep. Steny Hoyer

Assists leadership in managing party’s legislative program.

Rep. ClyburnAssistant Democratic Leader

Rep. James Clyburn

Works with caucuses and as liaison to Appropriations Committee.

Rep. CrowleyDemocratic Caucus Chairman

Rep. Joseph Crowley

Heads organization of all Democratic Party members in the House.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

“Something unusual and important is happening in Congress: Republicans and Democrats are working together to improve the health care system. And they’re doing so in defiance of President Trump, who appears determined to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance of millions of people.”

Editorial cartoon on Republicans and Obamacare“This surprising if modest burst of bipartisanship comes just days after the Senate failed to pass a Republican bill to repeal important provisions of the A.C.A., or Obamacare. On Monday 43 members of the House outlined a proposal to strengthen the insurance marketplaces created by the 2010 law. On Tuesday Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said they would hold hearings and introduce a bill to cut premiums and encourage insurers to sell policies on the marketplaces for 2018.”

Editorial cartoon on President Donald Trump and Obamacare

“It is, of course, impossible to know if such efforts will succeed. Even if they result in legislation, Republican leaders could refuse to bring it to the floor for a vote. Having treated Obamacare as a political piñata for seven years, Republicans might find it hard to actually help the program. Another danger is that Mr. Trump and his health and human services secretary, Tom Price, could try to pre-emptively weaken the marketplaces through administrative measures. Still, it’s good to see politicians actually doing their jobs. The sight of members of both parties working together in the public interest is uplifting, especially after the long partisan campaign to take insurance away from so many Americans.”

“Contrary to Mr. Trump’s tweets, Obamacare is not collapsing. But it needs work, and some insurance markets are in trouble. Insurers have said they will no longer sell policies in 20 counties in Indiana, Nevada and Ohio, and many are proposing to raise premiums because of the uncertainty created by Mr. Trump’s threats. Experts say insurers could withdraw from even more counties, especially in rural and suburban areas, if the president sabotages the law.”

Editorial cartoon on Senate Republicans and Obamacare

“The biggest fear, one shared by Mr. Alexander and Ms. Murray, is that Mr. Trump will stop subsidies authorized by the A.C.A. to make health care affordable to low-income people. The government pays these subsidies, about $7 billion this year, to insurance companies every month. In exchange, the companies reduce the deductibles and co-pays for people who earn between 100 percent and 250 percent of the federal poverty line, or $12,060 to $30,150 a year for a single person.”

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6 comments

  1. Gronda, doing the people’s business the right way will yield dividends. Americans have been begging for Congress to work together. I hope this continues a trend and resolves the problems needing fixing within the ACA. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      Frankly, I think even the legislators are getting tired of the entrenched partisan divide where nothing is getting done. I bet it felt good to agree on the recent sanction bill that passed with almost unanimous support.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Suzanne,

      Thanks for getting the word out as the republicans would like to get away killing Obamacare. We can’t let that happen. Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • You’re more than welcome. I have children and it concerns all of us. Hopefully, they’ll outlive me by a good many years and therefore will have the changing climate to contend with longer. —- Suzanne

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