Last week, the AHCA was pulled from the House floor after not enough votes could be secured in favor of its passage. A Washington Post article reported President Trump’s thoughts on the matter. “We couldn’t get one Democrat vote, not one. They [Democrats] own Obamacare. So when it explodes…we make one beautiful deal for the people.”
Journalist Robert Costa asserted “there was little evidence that either Trump or House Republicans made a serious effort to reach out to Democrats.”
Well Robert, I sure did. And I did not get very far.
In the interest of full disclosure, over the past 20+ years, I have been a Democrat, Republican, and just about everything in between. I recently reached out to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, yet the responses were lopsided. A recent entry myself into the political physician realm, I gave a presentation last week on lowering Medicare drug costs to the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy (NPCHP), in the Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing Room in Washington DC. This phenomenal group of physicians was assembled by Congressman Pete Sessions (R) from Texas; and they are innovative, engaged, and working to improve the lives of their patients and fellow physicians.