Deal to prop up Obamacare stalls as Trump signals opposition


Some people said they were encouraged to see Trump deliver on a campaign promise to dismantle Obamacare, after repeated failures by congressional Republicans to repeal the 2010 law. "This bill doesn't address that fact, so we want to make sure that that's taken care of", Sanders said.

A chief sponsor of a bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums said Wednesday President Donald Trump called to offer encouragement, a day after the president spoke favorably of the pact but then reversed course. The money reimburses insurers for discounts on deductibles, copays and other out-of-pocket costs the firms still must provide under Obamacare to low-income households.

Johnson gave voice to GOP frustration with the president's inconsistent response. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have been furiously whipping votes on their respective sides of the aisle on a bipartisan bill to restore that funding and stabilize Obamacare's vulnerable individual market. The Trump administration announced last week that it was cutting them off, leaving health insurers and hospitals wondering what would happen for the rest of this year and for 2018. "Bailing out insurance companies" - insurance companies get protected either way", Johnson said.

But at the event itself, Alexander did hedge Trump's support, saying Trump wants to be "encouraging" of the efforts but still wants to review the language of the agreement.

More than half of Missourians who enroll in coverage on have plans subsidized by cost-sharing reductions, but they likely don't know it.

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Both McConnell and Ryan have been eager to turn national attention away from the GOP push to scuttle Obama's law, which crashed in the Senate twice, and toward an effort to cut taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been mum on the Alexander-Murray plans and other Republican leaders, including Senate Finance Chair Orrin Hatch and House Speaker Paul Ryan, came out against the bill after its release.

A federal court ruled the CSR payments improper because of how the 2010 law was written, and the matter is now before an appeals court. Senate Republicans, facing the threat of conservative primaries, aren't going to call up a bill that "props up" Obamacare without certainty that it will pass the House, too.

"This bailout is unacceptable", the North Carolina lawmaker said in a tweet from the group's account. In an ideal world, Congress would quickly pass that bill, which includes several Republican priorities, and, at the same time, reauthorize CHIP, which now covers almost nine million children. Alexander didn't predict that this bill would pass soon.

Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen.

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The deal includes provisions allowing states faster and easier access to waivers that would allow them to shape their own marketplace plans under the health law.

Flexibility: In exchange, the deal would also allow insurance companies to sell more low-priced, catastrophic-style insurance plans on the exchanges and make it easier for states to apply for waivers.

Republicans are dubious about what action Congress should take, with almost as many Republicans wanting Congress to restore the subsidies as not wanting them to. Obama and Trump, initially, continued making the payments, though Trump declared last week he would pull the plug. Congress never actually appropriated the funds for the payments, and the executive branch had been illegally sending insurers the money until Trump rightly made a decision to stop.

The law also obliges the government to repay carriers for those costs, around $7 billion this year.

The governors wrote that they've worked to ensure every area in their state has at least one insurer selling plans in its ObamaCare exchange, and that they've "explored, designed, and implemented programs to help keep costs from spiraling out of control".

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