Senator Brown petitions for bipartisan agreement on health care
Senator Sherrod Brown said bipartisan support is needed to get a health care bill that appeals to the majority of Americans.
In an interview on Good Day Columbus Thursday, Brown said the bill proposed to the Senate was flawed because it was proposed by small group of Republican senators.
According to Brown, the proposed health care bill would eliminate Medicaid expansion in Ohio, and raise premiums for the average 60-year-old Ohioan.
"Medicaid is the number one tool for fighting the opioid epidemic," said Brown.
Brown said Senate Majority Leader McConnell needs to "back off" on tax cuts for the 400 most wealthy families in the U.S. He said the tax cuts offer upwards of $7 million in tax breaks for those families over the next ten years.
By eliminating the tax cuts, more funding could go towards lowering health care costs for Americans said Brown.
Bipartisan support for an improved health care bill is evident in Ohio. Governor Kasich also shared his support for bipartisan agreement.
"Both sides need to step up to fix health care. Don't tell me it can't be done," said Kasich on Twitter.
Brown said the Senate needs to find a way to improve the current ACA. He said more healthy people need to enroll to keep premiums down.
Senator Brown headed to Dayton Children's Hospital to discuss Medicaid in Ohio.