U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says that his work with Democrats in an overhaul of the federal No Child Left Behind law could be a model for an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and that’s something Republicans need to address next year. So reports Politico.
“Whoever the president is in January, we’re going to have to take a good, hard look at Obamacare,” Alexander told Politico. “I don’t think Republicans can go another four years, whether we have a Republican president or not, and say, ‘Just give us a couple more Republicans and we’ll repeal Obamacare.’ ”
The Republican lawmaker says his own committee’s bipartisan work on the No Child Left Behind education bill created a clear template for finding common ground on health care. That sweeping overhaul of a 14-year-old education law passed with bipartisan support last year. President Barack Obama himself called it a “Christmas miracle.”
“One reason I’ve enjoyed working with Patty Murray, the senior Democrat on the (Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee is that she’s results-oriented,” Alexander says. “We can focus on the 80 percent we agree with and fight about the 20 percent another day.”
But Obama hasn’t proved to be a good partner on health care, Alexander maintained. He’s hoping that the next president — whoever he or she may be — will be more receptive.
“Hillary Clinton is married to a fellow who made a lot of deals as president,” Alexander said. “And if she shows an aptitude for taking a position, listening to other people and looking for the 80 percent instead of the 20 — or if Mr. Trump does, if he’s the president — then we can improve the health care system.”