Former candidate for the County Board of Supervisors district five Darryl Park holds a sign and an American Flag as part of a protest against the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act outside of Congressman Steve Knight's Santa Clarita offices on Feb. 23. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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Did it ever occur to the GOP that they could work with the Dems to improve the ACA and get the problems fixed? No. Poisonous politics will not allow. Compromise is dead.

For example, they could allow a public option for any state that has been abandoned by insurance companies, or if insurers do not offer affordable premiums except for plans that have very high deductibles and poor benefits. Single payer (Medicare for All) healthcare should be encouraged in any states that elect to take the insurance industry out of primary care coverage, limiting insurance companies to providing only supplemental coverage, as with Medicare.

Ask the Medicaid recipients to prove their low income status and also pay some minimal copays that they can afford, so they have some skin in the game.

Provide government support for low cost, non-profit clinics that can offer affordable cost coverage to the uninsured, or patients that need to see a medical provider before an illness becomes chronic and expensive to treat in an ER.

Let the HHS Director negotiate prices for prescription drugs.

And if states still prefer the myth of “free market healthcare”, let them suffer its consequences.

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  • Gil Mertz

    “Did it ever occur to the GOP that they could work with the Dems to improve the ACA and get the problems fixed?”

    You mean like the way the Dems worked with the GOP when this law was imposed on America? Ronald Reagan said his biggest mistake as President was trusting Democrats to keep their word on a compromise on amnesty for illegal immigrants in exchange for tax reform to help working families. Reagan kept his word but the Democrats didn’t. Imagine that?

    The Democrats conned Reagan into amnesty for how many illegal immigrants?

    3,000,000

    30 years later, what was the margin of victory in the presidential vote for Democrats in California?

    3.400,000

    Take a good look because this is what’s driving the whole illegal immigrant issue for Democrats today. With their party dying, they are desperate for fresh meat. Illegal immigrants are among the least educated, least informed, most dependent, and easily frightened demographic in America. For Democrats, this is the mother lode of future voters for their sick party.

    • lois eisenberg

      “Did it ever occur to the GOP” that the man they voted in to be President
      is a liar, fraud, con man, etc.etc.ect., and his administration of billionaires are
      also conning the American people !!

  • Ron Bischof

    The GOP should “work with” with “Dems” by legislating socialized single-payer government “insurance” that’s antithetical to the citizens that voted in Republicans to control all elective branches of the Federal government?

    Risible nonsense, Mr. Oatway!

  • Brian Baker

    “Did it ever occur to the GOP that they could work with the Dems to improve the ACA and get the problems fixed?”

    Yeah, right. Like for the first time in over 30 years THAT was gonna happen.

    The Dem/socialists haven’t “improved” one thing they’ve put their socialist fingers on in all that time.

  • lois eisenberg

    “Trump’s first 100 days: A big failure, and a new low in the polls”

    • Jim de Bree

      Lois, do you ever have anything to say that is on point or res[pensive to the discussion at hand?

      By the way, I have been meaning to ask you about the recent unemployment numbers. When Obama was president, you gave him all sorts of credit when the statistics were good. The last set of unemployment statistics were really good. Why didn’t you give Trump credit for those, like you did for Obama?

  • Jim de Bree

    The problem with the ACA is that the special interests got their way. The same problem exists today. We truly have an opportunity to create a world class healthcare delivery system, but Congress lacks the political will to do what it takes to accomplish this. My prediction is that we are going to end up with a lousy single payer system when the Democrats get control, which may sooner than many people think.

    I recently spoke with several Australians. Australia implemented Obamacare the right way. People are happy with the quality of care and the cost is a fraction of what we pay.

  • lois eisenberg

    Don’t worry about your healthcare you won’t be around long enough to take advantage
    of it with the new EPA being rescinded by the destroyer-in-chief !!