In the wake of the stunning failure of the Senate effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the country is left wondering, what’s next? Obamacare is not without flaws. Democrats have long recognized places where Obamacare could better serve the American people. A 40 member bipartisan group in the House of Representatives has been meeting quietly over the past month to discuss ways to stabilize and improve Obamacare.
The House Problem Solvers Caucus
The House Problem Solvers Caucus is a 40 member group in the House. They are led by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ). The group is about evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.
The Problem Solvers typically meet as a full group weekly. A healthcare working group within the Problem Solvers has been meeting over the last month with the purpose of making a bipartisan way forward to improve health care. The panel has declined to discuss specifics from that working group at this time.
A Call To a Bygone Way of Governance
The Problem Solvers caucus in the House of Representatives is an effort to acknowledge that big problems require big solutions and input from all sides. They exemplify an effort to return to a time when politics was less tribal and people were willing to sit down to work on problems together, to hash through differences to come up with the best possible solution for the American people.
That call has been championed by Senator Jon McCain (R-AZ). McCain cast the deciding vote in the defeat of the “skinny repeal” effort early this morning. After the vote Friday morning McCain said,
“Our inability to address the pressing health care needs of the American people with meaningful and lasting reform is inexcusable. The vote last night presents the Senate with an opportunity to start fresh.” He continued, “It is now time to return to regular order with input from all of our members – Republicans and Democrats – and bring a bill to the floor of the Senate for amendment and debate.”