“You have to make sure that they do what they have to do,” said Trump. “And believe me, we haven't given up on healthcare. We haven't given up on healthcare. We never give up.”
After months of stalemate and Washington meltdowns, one team of senators has not given up either. The Senate health and education committee has returned to basic order, conducting hearings, interviewing witnesses, and seeking to make small improvements to the current law.
This week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee [HELP] heard from state insurance commissioners from around the country and five state governors on how to improve and stabilize those individual insurance marketplaces where many self-employed people buy their own insurance.
“My goal is to get a result on a small, bipartisan and balanced stabilization bill. Where it makes sense, we will work with other committees and members to get that result,” committee chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said at the beginning of bipartisan hearings Wednesday. “To get a result, Democrats will have to agree to something -- more flexibility for states -- that some may be reluctant to support. And Republicans will have to agree to something -- additional funding through the Affordable Care Act -- that some may be reluctant to support. That is called a compromise.”