GOP Leaders: Work with Democrats to Improve Healthcare

Target: Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Work alongside Democratic lawmakers to improve healthcare under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now that repeals have failed.

The failure of Republican lawmakers to repeal even small parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)  provides a unique opportunity for bipartisan cooperation on improving the health care law, and GOP leaders must not ignore this chance because of hard feelings about their defeat. Senate leadership has indicated that they intend to move on to other priorities instead, leaving work on health care in the lurch. According to Senator Roy Blunt, they would rather “move on to something else” and “come back to health care” when they can “put some wins on the board.” The other obstacle to cooperation is pressure from President Trump, who took to Twitter with threats and insults regarding the repeal’s failure.

However, there is evidence that bipartisan compromise could be attainable. A bipartisan group of lawmakers called the Problem Solvers Coalition, made up of 43 members, has drafted a set of proposals that all members have agreed upon. These proposals include permanent funding of the extra Obamacare subsidies for cost-sharing discounts, greater flexibility for the states, a federal fund to help with the costs for sick patients whose care costs the most, and repealing the ACA’s device tax. The compromise may leave some things to be desired, but it also gives both sides certain things they want. Pursuing this would be a victory for everyone. Sign below to demand that GOP leaders work alongside Democrats on health care.


Dear Majority Leader McConnell,

Following the failure of an Obamacare repeal, it is vital that Republican lawmakers agree to work with Democrats to improve the existing health care law. The result of the repeal vote provides an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation that must not be taken lightly.

GOP leaders must not choose to put health care aside and leave improvements in the lurch. A move such as that would be selfish and irresponsible. The well-being of the American people must be prioritized above partisanship and winning. The Problem Solvers Coalition has put together a set of proposals, proving that this type of cooperation can be successful. I urge you to work with Democrats on improving America’s health care law.


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