Back in 2014, seven Democratic senators introduced a bill to modify the Affordable Care Act by allowing state-run exchanges to feature high-deductible, low-premium "copper" plans that they thought would be attractive to uninsured people whose incomes were too high to let them qualify for much if anything in the way of ACA subsidies. It wasn't a panacea by any means, but it probably would have helped some people, and it would have done so in a way that accorded with the conservative criticism that the ACA was overly prescriptive about how generous insurance needed to be — pushing premiums unnecessarily high and forcing unsubsidized customers out of the market.
Two of those seven senators lost their seats in the 2014 midterms but the other five are still all in the Senate today. And to the best of anyone's knowledge, none of them were brought into the White House for any meetings with the president or anyone on his staff during the current health care debate.
That, despite Trump's whining about having been "let down by all of the Democrats," is the simple explanation for why Trump was unable to obtain any measure of bipartisan support for his health care initiative. He never tried.
@realDonaldTrump: We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!
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