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US Democrats Offer Support On 'Fair Health Care Reform'

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

01 August 2017

Democrat lawmakers have said they will work with Republicans to improve the United States health care system if the plans do not include tax cuts for wealthy taxpayers.

The Ranking Members of four House Committees with jurisdiction over health care expressed their willingness to work together with Republicans to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in a letter sent to the chairs of their respective committees.

The four Democrats – Frank Pallone, Jr (D - NJ), Richard Neal (D - MA), Bobby Scott (D - VA), and John Yarmuth (D - KY) – called on Republicans to set aside efforts to repeal the ACA and instead to focus on expanding access to health care and lowering the cost of coverage. The letter comes after the vote on Trumpcare failed in the Senate.

The letter said that Democrats are willing to work with Republicans on health care, if given certain compromises, including dropping proposals to repeal Obamacare's taxes.

"We write to express our willingness and interest in working together to strengthen our nation's health care system," they wrote. "Democrats stand ready to work together if Republicans are ready to set aside their proposals to repeal the ACA, make devastating cuts to Medicaid, and give massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate interests. We stand ready and willing to work together in hopes of finding common ground for the good of the American people."

The move by Democrats comes in the wake of Republicans failing in the Senate to pass proposals to repeal and replace many provisions of Obamacare.

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