Trending News Today: GOP, Democrats Must Compromise to Ensure Healthcare Reform Success

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Democrats are concerned that GOP concessions on an insurance stabilization bill would threaten several aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to The Hill. GOP lawmakers say that as long as subsidies are kept, states should be allowed to opt out of several ACA provisions. Due to Republican control of the legislature, Democrats must concede on certain GOP demands, otherwise there may not be enough votes to pass the bill, according to the article.

Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans to propose a “Medicare for all” healthcare bill on Wednesday, The Hill reported. Sanders made the push for a single-payer healthcare system during his presidential campaign and is continuing the fight, with at least 1 presidential hopeful supporting this approach. Sanders officials report that the proposal has gained traction among several other senators, medical professionals, business owners, and patients, according to the article.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told 60 Minutes that GOP lawmakers previously promised President Donald Trump that the ACA would be repealed and replaced by Easter, according to Politico. While the goal was to tackle healthcare reform early in order to approach tax and infrastructure reform, several bills to do so were shot down by both Republicans and Democrats. Due to the focus on the ACA, other priorities have been stalled or not addressed, Politico reported.