It is becoming more likely that the Democratic party will soon be in control of the House of Representatives. If this happens, many bills that stood a good chance of passing through the Republican-controlled House will now be in jeopardy.
However, there are two areas where Republicans and Democrats find themselves in agreement. Both parties believe that prescription drug costs should be reduced. Also, both parties are on board with upgraded regulations to protect the rights of Americans online.
Democrats are currently in need of 23 seats to take over control of the House. Current polls suggest this goal will be reached. However, the Democratic Party is not expected to gain control of the Senate.
It is always difficult to pass legislation through Congress. But when Congress is split, the difficulty is often insurmountable. This will likely result in the next two Congressional sessions becoming not very productive.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House, says that her party wants to reduce the cost of health care for Americans. This cost reduction includes lowering the cost of prescription medications. She also says that Democrats want to use infrastructure spending to increase paychecks for citizens.
Democratic lawmakers have also placed a priority on providing consumers with more control over online privacy issues. Supporters say that this will be difficult to accomplish due to the impact advertising has on the financing of free online content.
Republicans intend to apply pressure to social media platforms like Twitter if they are able to hold control of the House. Republicans have complained for some time that these platforms work to suppress conservative voices. They will also make another run at trimming away at Obamacare.
Experts say they do not expect the Republicans to attempt a full repeal of Obamacare. It is expected instead that they will attack certain elements of the bill. The Republicans have fought against the health care bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama since its inception in 2010.
The parties agree, however, that prescription drug prices are higher than they should be. Healthcare expert Roger Klein is a member of the Federalist Society and is betting that even if the Congress is divided, they will vote for lowering drug prices.
The Department of Commerce announced in July that it was working to devise new policies concerning data privacy for consumers. This announcement was made in response to recent data breaches.