Washington, D.C.– The following is a statement from Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet following the release of the Senate Republican draft health care bill:
“After the passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives in May, BPC called for a more bipartisan process in the Senate. Unfortunately, that has not occurred.
We believe cooperation and compromise across party lines is critical to creating legislation that will be sustainable over the long term.
“The Republican and Democratic parties maintain significant, principled and substantive differences over the goals and structure of our future health care system. As we have seen in recent years, a partisan policy development process leads to instability due to the possibility of an abrupt change in direction with the next election. We believe cooperation and compromise across party lines is critical to creating legislation that will be sustainable over the long term.
“The nation deserves a resilient outcome that invests both parties in effective implementation. BPC will continue to promote an approach to health care policy that reflects the best ideas and difficult compromises from both parties.”