For the last several months, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have been negotiating a bipartisan fix for some of the Affordable Care Act’s challenges. The ACA has allowed millions to access insurance for the first time, but high costs and decreased marketplace competition have prevented it from expanding access even more. On October 17, Senators Alexander and Murray announced the product of their negotiations, the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017.
The legislation is an exciting step forward for the future of health care and a strong show of bipartisanship. At a policy level, the legislation offers several worthwhile measures for stabilizing the individual marketplace. It will give insurers and consumers the certainty necessary for reducing costs and increasing access. From a political perspective, this type of bipartisan approach will hopefully allow members of Congress to move away from the gamesmanship that has prevented any meaningful action to further strengthen our health care system this year.
Urge your members of Congress to support the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017 and take a much-needed step forward for the future of health care.