WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- House Democrats are attempting to reach across the aisle on health care reform.
“The politics behind this issue are really keeping us from the solutions that can help the American people," Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH-2)
New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann Kuster (D-NH-2) along with nine other Democratic lawmakers, unveiling a five-part plan they say will improve the Affordable Care Act. They’re hoping their proposed changes will avoid a full repeal of Obamacare.
“This whole debate over 22 million people losing their healthcare makes people very, very anxious," Kuster added.
The members say their proposals will eliminate uncertainty for patients and lower premiums. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says it will can make insurance more affordable and he hopes to do it with the help of Republicans.
“If we take a step together to fix a problem we acknowledge together does exist it may allow us to start to work together to make healthcare more affordable for all Americans," Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large)
While many Republicans have been outspoken that Congress must repeal Obamacare. Some may be willing to work with Democrats
“That’s the conversation that we need to have member to member Republicans and Democrats taking the shirts off we’re one America, we’re all Americans, and we have a problem that we need to solve," Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY-23)
New York Congressman Tom Reed wants Obamacare gone. But if the Senate is unable to repeal it, like the House already did, he says he’s open to discussion with his Democratic colleagues. However, his confidence remains with the Senate Majority Leader's ability to get it done.
“Given up predicting the Senate as to what they’re going to do, but if someone is going to do it, McConnell’s obviously has demonstrating he’s willing to do get it done," Reed added.
While Democrats in the House continue to push for change. Republican leadership in the senate plans to move forward with their bill. They said a vote could happen as soon as next week.