There’s A Faint Scent Of Bipartisanship In The Air. But What Would That Look Like?
Stat examines areas where there might be wiggle room for compromise. In other news on health law efforts, Republicans have a blind spot when it comes to health care costs beyond insurance premiums.
How The GOP And Democrats Might Begin To Compromise On Health Care
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned last week that Republicans’ failure to pass comprehensive health care reform could have dire consequences. He even warned of one scenario rarely seen here lately: bipartisanship. There’s no guarantee that a holistic, bipartisan health care bill could succeed should McConnell’s nearly single-handed effort to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act fail. But Democrats at least claim they are willing to compromise. (Facher and Mershon, 7/5)
GOP Promises Lower Health Premiums But Ignores All That’s Driving Them
Republicans promise to bring down the cost of health insurance for millions of Americans by repealing Obamacare. But in the race to make insurance premiums cheaper, they ignore a more ominous number — the $3.2 trillion-plus the U.S. spends annually on health care overall. (Kenen, 7/6)
The New York Times:
Health Care? Taxes? Budget? G.O.P. Has Big To-Do List, But Little Time
An iffy health care vote. An unresolved budget resolution. A heavy debt ceiling lift. And, of course, there is that tax overhaul plan. Congress has a lot to do, and it doesn’t have much time. So much for a lazy July in Washington. (Rappeport, 7/5)