The Democrats yesterday met in one Senate building to present to the American an idea that was once considered as a far left idea. The idea involves the expansion of the Medicare. Should this idea go through, it should make the government –run health program open to all citizen of the United States. At the same time, another group of Senate Republicans gathered in another Senate building where they were deliberating on how they would dismantle the Affordable Care Act once and for all. At the end of the program, the Republican Senators agreed that they would send federal money to individual states. Also, they decided that they would also send new instructions about the way the money should be spent. These two actions show us that the two parties are willing to distance themselves from the law that was passed during the Obama administration. The reason for distancing themselves with this law is because it can be quite difficult to understand for both the government as well as private health insurance. However, all we can see from the two parties is a decision to radically travel in different directions. The only thing that the proposals had in common is that they would not be passed soon by the two houses.
The Democratic bill was brought forward by the onetime Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont. The Senator also mentioned that the bill had received the support of 16 Democratic Senators. He referred to the bill as Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care system. Some of the senators who support this bill are most likely to vie for the 2020 presidential nomination with the Democratic Party. They include California Senator Kamala Harris, New York Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as well as Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Bernie Sanders suggests that there should be one insurance plan for all Americans rather than implementing separate insurance plans that are complicated. This is a plan that received the support of nurses, labor union members, patients and consumers who all carried placards and banners expressing their support. On the other house, the Republicans were led by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. This might be the last effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act which they were sure to achieve in January. In these efforts, the Republican Senators were joined by two lower-profile senators. These senators were Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Dean Heller of Nevada.