Blue Dog Statement on the Introduction of the Alexander-Murray Health Care Bill

Oct 19, 2017
Press Release

Today, the co-chairs of the fiscally-responsible, Democratic Blue Dog Coalition—Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)—released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Alexander-Murray health care bill in the Senate:

“The bipartisan Alexander-Murray health care bill provides a glimmer of hope in an otherwise bleak situation that was created by President Trump when he signed an executive order to end cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments. We have seen throughout this Congress that partisan proposals, such as repealing health care reform, simply are not what the American people want. That’s why congressional Republicans failed to pass that partisan legislation over and over again.

“The American people are counting on Republicans and Democrats to come together to develop a solution that brings peace of mind when it comes to health care access and cost. Republicans must stop looking to the extremes of their party and instead look to the center and reach across the aisle. It is clear that’s the only way Congress can get things done, because that is how Congress is intended to work – based on compromise. We call on Sen. McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan to give this bill proper consideration and bring it to the House and Senate floors for a vote. Now is the time for us to get this done, and the Blue Dogs are ready to help.”

This summer, with the leadership of Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), the Blue Dogs endorsed “Solutions Over Politics,” a set of health care principles intended to stabilize the individual market and improve the Affordable Care Act. Since then, those principles have served as the foundation for a bipartisan effort in the House and the Senate to help improve our health care policy. Rep. Schrader stated the following in response to the introduction of the Alexander-Murray bill:

“Now’s the time when we should be providing health care certainty and stability to families, not slamming them with curve balls and double-digit premium increases. I’m glad to see Senators Alexander and Murray are moving quickly in response to the President’s reckless decision to end cost sharing reduction payments. We have been working on a bipartisan solution for months in the House, and we will keep working to push a comprehensive policy across the finish line.”