Recognizing the need to resolve the United States’ health care policy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated Wednesday Republicans will work with Democrats to get something done.
“I don’t think anyone wants to stick with the status quo… I think the message is figure out what you can do together and do it. I think healthcare is still a crisis and needs to be fixed,” McConnell said in his post-election press conference. “I can’t imagine that [bipartisanship] won’t be on the agenda.”
Because Democrats won control over the House, yet Republicans retained a Senate majority, the two parties will have to work together in an age of all-time political polarization.
McConnell also made clear that a Democratic attack on Republicans for not wanting to pass a healthcare bill and particularly for being against protecting Americans’ pre existing conditions is wrong and “phony.”
Despite holding a majority in every branch of government since 2016, Republicans have failed to “repeal and replace” Obamacare as promised. While it may seem counterintuitive, perhaps some Democratic voices and bipartisan work will be more effective than a single-Party solution to Obamacare.
This way, if Congress manages to pass something, each Party has the insurance policy to blame the other for any possible shortcomings. Republicans failed to pass a replacement because of fear in the new plan’s potential success. This should no longer be as important of a factor.
Passing healthcare should be Congress’s top priority, on both sides of the political aisle. A majority of Americans favor some form of it, and it would restore faith in a largely ineffective Congress.