Schumer: Vote Now On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

By on October 23, 2017
Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Speaking Sunday on “Meet the Press” with host Chuck Todd, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that a bipartisan health care bill put together by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) has enough support to pass the Senate and should be brought immediately for a floor vote.

“This is a good compromise. It took months to work out. It has a majority. It has 60 senators supporting it. We have all 48 Democrats, 12 Republicans,” said Schumer. “I would urge Senator McConnell to put it on the floor immediately, this week. It will pass and it will pass by a large number of votes.”

Last week, Alexander and Murray worked to forge a stop-gap solution to help stabilize insurance markets in the wake of the Trump administration’s abrupt end to cost-sharing payments. The measure would help insurance companies avoid massive loses while also ensuring that those benefitting from the subsidy payments would still be able to afford their insurance while Congress works on a permanent solution.

“The Republicans are in charge, and they should be coming up with a solution and Senator Alexander, their leader on health care did,” Schumer said.

“We can get together in a bipartisan way, the president urged it originally. He called both Senators Murray and Alexander and said, ‘Come to a solution.’ Then they come to a solution. The right wing attacks it, and he backs off. That’s not leadership,” Schumer continued.

But fixing health care has never been the goal for McConnel and the rest of the GOP leadership. Their problem with Obamacare was never the “care” part of the law, but rather the man for which it was named. Now that there seems to be at least some bipartisan support for common sense changes to improve the law, McConnell doesn’t seem interested in voting on them because they won’t do away with the law entirely… regardless of the impact that such a drastic move would have on millions of Americans.