Senate Democrats call McConnell’s bluff, offer to work with GOP on real health care fixes
Democratic proposals cited in the letter include the Marketplace Certainty Act, which would restore the payments to insurers that Republicans blocked; the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act, which would create a reinsurance program to reduce risk in markets where insurers set premiums too low; the Health Care Options for All Act, which would let people enroll in the same plans as Congress if there is no insurer operating in their county; and a proposal by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) to restructure health subsidies for people at 400 percent of the federal poverty line.
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And these are by no means the only ideas Democrats have proposed for health care reform.
Over 100 Democrats in the House have cosponsored a single payer bill by Michigan Rep. John Conyers.
Meanwhile, at the state level, Nevada Democrats recently passed a bill to let people in their insurance exchange buy into Medicaid — which was defeated only by the veto of a Republican governor.