Lawmakers consider what comes next for health care reform

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) As members of Congress begin their August recess, many are considering the future of health care reform.

After Senate Republicans failed to approve a plan that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we asked two Republican Congressmen and two Democratic Senators for their thoughts on the road ahead.

"The vote last week was a very momentous vote, but it didn't finish anything," Senator Tim Kaine said in a video news conference Thursday morning. "It just opened up a new chapter of what I think will be a better chapter."

Kaine says he's optimistic that now there is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to work together.

And his Democratic colleague Mark Warner agrees.

"What I hear from Virginians all the time is they want us to check our Democrat and Republican hats," Warner told WDBJ7 Thursday afternoon, "and actually sit down as Virginians and Americans and work through this problem."

Two Republicans from western Virginia, 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith say GOP Senators should not give up on their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"I actually agree with those including the President who say the Senate should keep working on this," Goodlatte said in an interview earlier this week.

Griffith agreed.

"They need to send us something, I don't have to love it." Griffith told WDBJ7. "Then we can send that bill into conference where we can sit down around the table with members of the House and the Senate just as it was set up by the founding fathers to do.

Members of the House have started their August recess, and Senators are soon to follow.

Members of both parties say they hope the summer break will help to change the equation on Capitol Hill.