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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.

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

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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