Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Senator Murray strikes a tentative deal over Obamacare subsidies

Senator Murray strikes a tentative deal over Obamacare subsidies

But President Trump subsequently declared he couldn't support it, calling it a bailout for insurance companies. Since taking office in January, Trump has sought to end the health reforms that took effect under former president Barack Obama allowing millions of uninsured people to get medical insurance.

The bill was based on an agreement between Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen.

Murray said she was confident that Congress would ultimately pass the measure because Americans are beginning to grasp that the impasse in Washington has translated into higher insurance rates for 2018.

Republican Senate sources say the president is anxious that insurers could take advantage of that money flow, but Senator Alexander insists the bill has provisions to police them.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act - commonly known as Obamacare - was one of Trump's most strident campaign promises. Senator Alexander is a very methodical, very thoughtful guy. "The president, we've talked about that, and the president is in the process of reviewing it and we welcome his suggestions about how to improve it".

Adding further doubt about the future of the bill, though, a White House official said Wednesday night that it should include "relief" from the ACA's individual mandate, according to The Hill.

Alexander and Murray said yesterday that they plan to push ahead with the effort despite opposition by Trump, Ryan and other GOP lawmakers who vow not to back any measure that does not repeal and replace Obamacare. "The benefits go to consumers not insurance companies".

Healthcare leaders gathered here for Modern Healthcare's second annual Leadership Symposium have grown pessimistic about the prospect for passing legislation that would stabilize the insurance exchanges for next year's open enrollment season-now just two weeks away. Last week, Trump issued an order eliminating the cost-sharing reduction subsidies paid to insurers on plans sold to low-income families, ostensibly to force insurers to exit Obamacare. The House Republican conference had previously sued the Obama administration making this same point as well, which the Obama administration appealed.

"I support the president because I think Obamacare is imploding and it not only impacts those on Obamacare, but everybody", said Roger Heuring, 58, who lives in New Jersey.

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"We haven't had a chance to think about the way forward yet", McConnell told reporters.

"What we really need to do is get the president in a place where he's comfortable with the bill", Cornyn told reporters Thursday.

The agreement by Sens.

The governors wrote that Congress, "at a minimum", should fund the payments for insurers through 2019.

Earlier this year, the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on healthcare policy, estimated that Silver plan premiums would need to increase 19% to make up for lost cost-sharing reduction revenue.

In fact, the Alexander-Murray deal is meant to ensure consumers are protected from large rate increases stemming from President Trump's decision to cut off federal payments that help insurers reimburse lower-income people for out-of-pocket costs.

Given the number of cosponsors, if all of the Democrats support the proposal and the bill is brought to the floor, it would have a filibuster-proof majority. It must hasten bipartisan negotiations to shore up the Affordable Care Act and, if possible, to undo legislatively what the president hopes to accomplish by executive order.

Murray spokeswoman Helen Hare said the senator "believes this is a good bill, which she's already negotiated".

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