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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned last week that Republicans’ failure to pass comprehensive health care reform could have dire consequences. He even warned of one scenario rarely seen here lately: bipartisanship.

There’s no guarantee that a holistic, bipartisan health care bill could succeed should McConnell’s nearly single-handed effort to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act fail. But Democrats at least claim they are willing to compromise.


“We’re all there,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said of his party’s willingness to work on fixes to existing law. “I don’t know what it ultimately looks like, but clearly we stabilize the insurance pool, clearly we want to get more young, healthy people in. Clearly we need to go after the price of prescription drugs. … All kinds of things.”

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  • “The dreaded Independent Payment Advisory Board, which could institute Medicare cuts as early as this year, is also unpopular with both parties.”

    It was good of you to include the link, but it doesn’t say IPAB could institute cuts this year. Rather, it says IPAB action will not be triggered this year, though it might be triggered next year, with any cuts being effective in 2019.

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