Now that the most recent effort by the Republican party torepeal the Affordable Care Act has crashed and burned in the Senate, thepossibility that Republicans might actually have to talk withDemocrats about ways to improve the health care system in the U.S.has become a more realistic possibility.

In fact, as Politico reports, it has already started happening, witha very quiet effort undertaken by a bipartisan House group that’sbeen meeting under the radar for the past month. The group, knownas the Problem Solvers Caucus, is exploring ways that the ACA mightbe stabilized —something that’s essential if the program is not tocollapse under the Trump administration.

And other prominent lawmakers are talking, too — withprogressives from Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-MA and Chuck Schumer, D-NY to former PresidentJimmy Carter weighing in on the debate — aboutsingle-payer insurance. Most Democrats are reluctant to getinvolved in the Medicare-for-all/single-payer debate, but manyprogressives believe that now is the time to push for a moreradical solution to health care.

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