Starting at 10am ET today, Senate and House Republicans and Democrats will meet with President Obama, Vice President Biden and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss areas of common ground on health care reform.
Since the announcement of the summit, Democrats have waited anxiously for Republicans to unveil their own health care plan. This morning news reports suggest that Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, will give the GOP’s opening remarks, including provisions that will reduce costs to the government and individuals. These provisions include:
- Making insurance affordable to those with pre-existing conditions
- Purchasing across state lines
- Expanding health savings accounts
- Ending junk lawsuits
- Small business health plans
- State incentives to lower costs
The good news is that many of these ideas already exist in the Senate’s health care bill. Whether Republicans realize it or not, there is more that we agree on than keeps us apart.