Outside the Box: Here’s how Republicans and Democrats can come together to fix health care

Now that Senate Republicans have failed to agree on any health-care bill, is it feasible for a bipartisan majority to enact health-care reform? The Senate will hold health-care hearings in early September, while a bipartisan coalition in the House has put forth six incremental proposals.

The key to bipartisan reform is to avoid the hot-button political issues like Medicaid and single-payer. Instead, Congress should adopt narrower amendments to the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), which would stabilize the health-care insurance system and constrain the premium increases for patients.

Here’s my evaluation of the six health-care proposals by the House coalition, followed by five more proposals in the same reformist spirit, and my recommendations:

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