Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) called for Congress to get to work on bipartisan health care solutions after Senate Republicans failed to pass their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act last night.
On Tuesday, Reps. Peters, Welch, and Schrader led a letter signed by a total of 89 House Democrats to Speaker Ryan asking him to work with them on bipartisan health care solutions. The proposals in the letter were largely drawn from the Solutions Over Politics plan that Rep. Peters and nine other Democrats introduced earlier this month to stabilize the individual health insurance markets and slow the rise of premiums and deductibles.
Rep. Peters also put forward his own market stabilization proposals in an op-ed in the San Diego Union Tribune.
Rep. Peters released the following statement:
“Now is the time for Congress to get to work together on bipartisan solutions to stabilize the individual insurance markets, keep Americans covered, and slow the rise of premiums.
“I am working right now to bring together members from both sides. Even on an issue as contentious as health care, in an atmosphere as partisan as D.C., there is common ground to build from. We all acknowledge that there are parts of the Affordable Care Act that need to be fixed and parts that need to be protected, so let’s put party politics aside and get to work.
“Beginning now, this process needs to be the opposite of what we have seen from Republican leadership over the past few months. It has to be bipartisan; it has to use an open committee process to get ideas from all members and from experts; and it has to be focused on the specific policy goal of improving the availability and affordability of health insurance for Americans.”