Obamacare supporter Bill Nelson seeks ‘new bipartisan approach’

Sen. Bill Nelson in his West Palm Beach office in May. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

The bond of former state insurance commissioners transcends partisanship, according to Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

In the aftermath of the Republican-controlled Senate’s failure to enact a long-promised repeal and replacement of Obamacare, onetime Florida Insurance Commissioner Nelson said today he’s working with Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins — another former state insurance commish — on “a new bipartisan approach to health care.”

Nelson, who’s up for re-election next year, released a statement today announcing he’s working with a small bipartisan group of senators that includes Collins, who was one of three Republicans to vote against a GOP-backed “skinny repeal” bill.

Here’s a statement from Nelson released by his office: “While the imminent disaster of 20 percent rate hikes and 16 million people losing coverage has been avoided by the defeat of the Republican’s health care bill, now is the time to come together and start working in a bipartisan way to stabilize the market and make health care more affordable.

 

 

“Sen. Collins and I have discussed this issue many times and we are now working together. As former state insurance commissioners, we know how complicated this issue is and we are working with a small bipartisan group of senators equally dedicated to finding real solutions. This group of senators met for dinner the other night to start sharing our ideas and discussing a path forward. While we still have a long way to go, we are starting to work together to try to get this done in a bipartisan way.”

 

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