What is the bipartisanship in 2009–2019 health care policymaking?
There has not been any significant bipartisanship on healthcare between 2009 and 2019. In this respect, healthcare is not unusual. Modern-day Democrats and Republicans rarely work well together on any issue.
President Bill Clinton had tried to get health care reform passed early in his presidency, and the Republicans blocked it. The GOP's refusal to compromise with Clinton foreshadowed its strident opposition to President Barack Obama's reform efforts a decade and a half later. Clinton's reform plan was more ambitious than Obama's relatively modest one, so this fact may have aided Obama slightly.
America's healthcare deteriorated throughout the years of Clinton's presidency. In 2000, the World Health Organization's report ranked the United States 37th in the world in healthcare. If the Republicans were to acknowledge this report, they might feel obliged to compromise with Democrats on healthcare.
President Obama wanted healthcare reform to be a bipartisan effort, but his efforts to achieve this were thwarted. He even gave up the so-called "public option" in a futile attempt to win over Republican votes. The Democrats finally managed to get the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress without Republican support, and Obama signed it in 2010. The Republicans subsequently took over the House of Representatives, and they have voted to repeal Obamacare more than fifty times. President Donald Trump led a Republican effort to kill Obamacare and almost succeeded. If Trump wins reelection in 2020, he will almost certainly try again to overturn it.
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