House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday she could support some provisions that are part of Republican senators' failed plan to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare.
After Senate Republicans failed in a last-ditch bid to eliminate small portions of Obamacare, in an effort known as "skinny repeal," Pelosi, D-Calif., challenged Republican leaders to work with Democrats, and she elaborated on shared interests in pursuing a bipartisan path.
"As leaders in Congress, we have a responsibilty to pivot from the current debate on health care and to work in a bipartisan fashion to lower costs, improve quality, and expand coverage, while strengthening the stability of the marketplaces," Pelosi wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Pelosi said Democrats "are prepared" to support parts of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the bill Senate Republicans debated for several months to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare. That bill also failed to attract enough Republican support to advance.
"Some of what we have heard is consistent with leader McConnell's market stabilization section in the BCRA," Pelosi said. "These provisions include a short-term stability fund, long term state stability and innovation program, and cost sharing subsidies. House Democrats are prepared to support these vital measures and exchange ideas on how we go forward in other respects."
The Democratic leader also challenged President Trump to continue with providing cost-sharing payments to insurance companies that help low-income people afford costs associated with health policies.
"Respectively, Democrats extend the hand of friendship, and look forward to our our working together in the regular order for the good of the American people," Pelosi said.