On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that he is willing to cooperate with Republicans in creating health care legislation.
Although Democrats are willing to make concessions, Schumer asserted that subsidies and insurer bailouts from the Affordable Care Act must be kept.
“At the very beginning, we should stabilize the system,” stated Schumer according to the Washington Examiner. “Make permanent the cost sharing, which keeps premiums low.”
Additionally, Schumer wanted to make certain that insurance companies will be given bailouts, as suggested in May by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
Schumer contended that Democratic senators will only “sit down and trade ideas” once Republicans make these concessions.
“There has to be a give and take,” Schumer proclaimed. “My colleagues and my caucus know that.”
Schumer also noted that the two political parties must now work together after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) voted against an Obamacare “skinny repeal.”
“Sometimes you need a spark that inspires the forces of coming together that outweigh the forces of pulling part,” Schumer announced. “And John McCain may have done that.”
The refusal of McCain to repeal aspects of Obamacare was quite the astonishment.
“Our inability to address the pressing health care needs of the American people with meaningful and lasting reform is inexcusable,” McCain read during his statement. He also added:
The vote last night presents the Senate with an opportunity to start fresh. It is now time to return to regular order with input from all of our members — Republicans and Democrats — and bring a bill to the floor of the Senate for amendment and debate. I have great faith in the ability of the Senator from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander, the Senator from Washington, Patty Murray, and others to work together in a bipartisan fashion to craft a bill that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to trust each other, stop the political gamesmanship, and put the health care needs of the American people first. We can do this.
First reported by The Blaze.