Bipartisan Fix to Obamacare Emerges; Will Trump Support?

By NTK Staff | 10.18.2017 @9:45am
Bipartisan Fix to Obamacare Emerges; Will Trump Support?

After Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray announced a deal to continue CSR payments in exchange for regulatory relief from Obamacare, Trump has expressed different opinions on it.

On Tuesday, President Trump appeared to endorse an emerging bipartisan deal between Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on health care, saying “it is a short-term solution so that we don’t have this very dangerous little period.”

The president made his remarks in a Tuesday press briefing with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tispras:

Lamar has been working very, very hard with the Democratic — his colleagues on the other side, and Patty Murray is one of them, in particular. And they’re coming up and they’re fairly close to a short-term solution. The solution will be for about a year or two years, and it will get us over this intermediate hump because we have — as you probably know, we have — we either have the votes or we are very close to having the votes.

Then, on Wednesday morning Trump appeared to retract, in part, his endorsement, with this tweet:

Alexander and Murray announced the agreement earlier Tuesday. Murray called it “a bipartisan deal to stabilize health care markets and protect patients and families from premium spikes as a result of all the uncertainty the Trump Administration has caused.”

An outline of the deal, circulated on Capitol Hill and shared by The Federalist, includes the following:

  • Streamline approval process by which states can obtain “innovation waivers” to provide relief from Obamacare’s mandates and regulations
  • Add a catastrophic “Copper Plan” for all ages, which would in theory offer consumers an option with lower premiums
  • Two years of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies

The deal picked up some momentum on Wednesday morning with the news Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will cosponsor the plan.

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