HEALTH­CARE

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Obituaries - Emma Dumain con­tributed to this story.

Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans’ aims of over­turn­ing Oba­macare and shrink­ing en­ti­tle­ment pro­grams like Med­ic­aid and Medi­care died with Democrats’ House vic­to­ries Tues­day night. Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell of Ken­tucky ac­knowl­edged as much on Wed­nes­day. “I think it’s pretty ob­vi­ous that a Demo­cratic House is not go­ing to be in­ter­ested in” re­peal­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act, as Oba­macare is for­mally known.

Like­wise, he said, “the Democrats have made it per­fectly clear that they are not in­ter­ested in deal­ing with en­ti­tle­ments and they’re in a po­si­tion to say ‘no’ and so I don’t think that will be on the agenda.”

That’s likely to come as a re­lief to the nearly 20 mil­lion Cal­i­for­ni­ans that rely on Medi­care or Med­ic­aid.

McCon­nell did main­tain that “there are se­ri­ous prob­lems with Oba­macare.” He also said Con­gress is “go­ing to have to ob­vi­ously try to ad­dress it on a bi­par­ti­san ba­sis.”

Rein­ing in pre­scrip­tion drug prices is one spe­cific pri­or­ity both McCon­nell and Pelosi high­lighted Wed­nes­day. Cal­i­for­nia tried to tackle sky­rock­et­ing drug costs, on its own, with a 2017 trans­parency law. Fed­eral leg­is­la­tion to con­tain price in­creases would likely have more of an im­pact.

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