Be sure to tune in to CBS Face The Nation this Sunday for a
bipartisan discussion with Governor John Kasich and Governor John
Unity, be sure to tune in to
CBS Face The Nation this Sunday for a bipartisan discussion with
Governor John Kasich and Governor John Hickenlooper.
They'll discuss how Republicans
can keep their promise to fix the harmful parts of Obamacare and
reach across the isle to ensure that we're putting in place
meaningful reforms that will last.
You can check your local listing
Also, in case you missed Gov.
Kasich's latest op-ed in the Boston Globe, you can read it below:
Boston Globe: Pushing the Reset
Button on Health Care
Like me, many Americans breathed
a deep sigh of relief in late July to hear courageous US senators
say, at last, "enough is enough" on the latest effort to fix
America's health care system. Their votes called a halt to what
seemed like a never-ending replay of "Groundhog Day," marked by a
repeated but unsuccessful push for one-party solutions to health
care reform. It was an encouraging sign that there may no longer
be an appetite in Congress - among rank-and-file members, if not
leadership - for partisan-driven reforms that are contrived
behind closed doors.
After all, we've been down that
road before - an unmapped, dead-end street that may be paved with
good intentions, but ultimately leads us nowhere. It's the same
path, with a different party at the wheel, that got us where we
are today with Obamacare, a one-sided package of reforms pushed
through Congress in 2010. Make no mistake - there are serious
flaws in Obamacare that must be fixed. And I, like most
governors, am convinced that addressing those flaws must continue
to be a top congressional priority. But the unacceptable House
and Senate plans we've seen in recent months would have failed to
address some of the current system's most serious flaws, while
leaving millions of our states' most vulnerable citizens behind.
The Senate's defeat of this most
recent attempt to repair America's health care system gives
Congress a golden opportunity to start over by applying a much
smarter approach - not repeal or replace, but "reset." Throughout
my career in public office, I've learned that meaningful change
happens only with bipartisan support, open debate, and the normal
push and pull of the legislative process.
The best next step is for
Republicans and Democrats to work openly together on an issue we
all agree needs to be fixed: stabilizing our individual health
insurance market, as we watch those markets continue to fail in
both red and blue states.
I'm encouraged to see that
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty
Murray have planned bipartisan hearings, and have asked
hospitals, doctors, nurses, and others impacted by the health
insurance industry to help shape new reforms. A willingness to
stabilize the markets will help build a bipartisan foundation
that will be essential to developing a long-lasting and
sustainable health care plan.
By rediscovering how to work
together on these issues, we can begin to create a model that
will lend itself to tackling a wider set of problems with
solutions that are essential to our nation's progress, complex
issues like tax reform, entitlements, and ways to bridge the
growing divide between the rich and poor.
My call for pushing "reset" by
working together on our nation's challenges is not some new idea
or pipe dream. I know it can be done, because I've seen it done.
In the 1990s, I was proud to be part of the team in Congress that
worked across the aisle to overhaul our federal welfare programs,
reform the Pentagon, and balance the federal budget (what a
concept!) for the first time in decades. These bipartisan reforms
began moving America down a better path, but at some point,
Congress lost its way.
To help Congress reset the health
care debate, I've been working with a bipartisan group of
governors - including Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker - to
create a roadmap that can result in an improved health insurance
system that is available and affordable for every American. We
stand ready to work with our congressional delegations to develop
a plan that is fiscally sound and provides affordable coverage
for our most vulnerable citizens.
Push "reset" and let's get
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