Trumpcare Overnight Collapse Offers Opportunity for Bipartisan ACA Improvement, DeGette Says
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, said the collapse of the "skinny" version of Trumpcare in the Senate early this morning presents a real opportunity for bipartisan improvements to health care coverage in the United States.
"With its overnight defeat in the Senate, the Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act has reached a road block. However, the path toward improving the ACA is not at an end. Bipartisan solutions must be found.
"I continue to reach out to my colleagues across the aisle to work on those improvements. Maybe now they're ready to do so; Americans certainly are, and they've shown it with their vocal outcry against every version of Trumpcare this year. Polls show most Americans think the parties should mend the ACA, not end it."
For months, DeGette has been speaking one-on-one with Republican colleagues about potential changes to the ACA. They include principles on which everyone should be able to agree: reducing premiums, lowering deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs, creating conditions that favor competition and choice among health plans, making plans easier for consumers to understand and compare, and bringing down prescription drug prices.