ICYMI: Daily Local News: Government working together? What a concept!

Aug 7, 2017

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. –   The West Chester Daily Local News published an editorial Saturday about congressional Republicans and Democrats who are part of the Problem Solvers Caucus working together to find a bipartisan solution to the problems that plague our health care system.

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From the editorial board

Government working together? What a concept! 

An eight-year campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act got a thumbs-down from the U.S. Senate 10 days ago, leaving Americans fearful for the future of health care.

The rising costs and instability that exists with the ACA demand some type of solution: Letting it implode or fall to rhetoric about the “disaster” that its opponents claim does not solve anything for the American people.

And so we citizens are left wondering what’s next.

Here’s a wild idea: How about members of the U.S. Congress work together, across the aisle, to solve the problem? In fact, why not work together to solve the many problems facing our great nation, starting with the governmental paralysis born out of our national divisiveness.

Ideally, Congress as a whole should be a bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, but instead it has too often functioned as two parties with bringing the other side down taking precedence over working together. Health care reform is the poster child for that behavior with Republicans caught up in un-doing President Obama’s signature legislation rather than focusing on the health care needs of the nation.

Against this backdrop, the Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress is a positive step, and we are pleased that this region’s representatives are part of that movement.

U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., Pat Meehan, R-7th Dist., and Lloyd Smucker, R-16th Dist., are members of the caucus. They make up Chester County’s legislative delegation in Washington and include Delaware, Montgomery and Berks counties.

Also, U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent, R-15th, of Allentown, Brian K. Fitzpatrick, R-8th, of Bucks County, and Glenn Thompson, R-5th, of Centre County round out the six representatives from Pennsylvania who are part of the caucus.

Read the full editorial here.