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2-party effort aims to prop '10 health law

GOP conveys need to plan market fix with Democrats

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published August 2, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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“It’s pretty obvious that our problem on health care was not the Democrats,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. “We didn’t have 50 Republicans.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is shown in this file photo.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas addresses the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

Even as President Donald Trump renews his threat to undermine the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, senior Republican and Democratic senators announced plans Tuesday to begin work on a bipartisan effort to stabilize the 2010 health care law.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is shown in this file photo.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas addresses the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

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TimberTopper says... August 2, 2017 at 4:38 a.m.

We shall see if they are serious.

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RBear says... August 2, 2017 at 4:49 a.m.

Lawmakers in Congress are now starting to focus on ways fix and improve parts of the ACA instead of scrapping it without a viable replacement. All the while, Trump continues to look for ways to repeal the law without offering up any replacement options himself. The bottom line is that Congress wants to work for the American people and Trump is more focused on his image.
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Let's hope Congress can find some solutions together and get back to the business of governing and away from stark partisanship. This is really about setting the stage for 2018 to see who can produce or who is more focused on looking like a party hack.
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The first task is to keep the markets stabilized. Reading an article by the KFF and if we let don't keep stabilization funds in place, the impact on everyone including those not in the markets would be devastating. I think that's something most Republicans and right wingers don't seem to understand. It's like the banking crisis. If had let the banks collapse, the economic impact would have been devastating.
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It's a trend with the parties. Democrats seem to think long-term for our country. Republicans seem to think to the next vote and askew anything that might be good for the country, but hurt their vote.

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gohogs17 says... August 2, 2017 at 9:52 a.m.

Just glad I don't have to rely on Obamacare.

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mrcharles says... August 2, 2017 at 10:34 a.m.

me too hogslop, voodoo economics and prayer probably serves you well.

If the gop spent half the time they spend trying to make Obama and the democrats look bad and quit being afraid to do good for the country and then be called out by the cigar smoking pain med blow hard, things would improve. But they wont as they dont make adult diapers to hold the amount of wasted time they spend on hate.

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Packman says... August 2, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

OCare was passed on a foundation of lies and deceit (you can keep your plan, you can keep your doctor, premiums will decrease, costs will decrease, etc.). The public trust was broken, perhaps irreparably. Any "fix" must come from those that had no role in breaking the public trust when OCare was passed. The Heritage Foundation is one viable option.

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gohogs17 says... August 2, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.

woodchuck: I don't know what you're smoking but it can't be good for your health. It's making you delusional (of course, you may have already been that way, who knows?).

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