Pres. Trump Wants a Bipartisan Deal on Health Care From the Senate

Trevor Jackson
October 22, 2017

Mr. Alexander told reporters on Monday that Mr. Trump had encouraged him to reach a deal with Ms. Murray.

Sens. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, and Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, announced their accord Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and five days after Trump said he was halting federal subsidies to insurers.

"Lamar has been working very, very hard with ... 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", Trump continued.

Las week Senator Alexander Lamar, who is the chair of the Senate Health Committee gained the backing from the President for his efforts in search to grasp level terms with the rest of the Democrats.

Alexander and Murray say in exchange for extending CSR payments, Congress would give states more flexibility under the Affordable Care Act, such as lowering certain coverage requirements. Alaska and Minnesota, for instance, have received permission to use federal funds for reinsurance programs that reduce premiums.

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But it remains to be seen whether conservative-leaning Republicans will get on board with the agreement, and whether the House will entertain it.

Trump had spoken favorably of the deal Tuesday but then later in the day reversed course. In a White House Rose Garden press conference, he said the solution would "get us over this intermediate hump", paving the way for a long-term solution including block grants for states, according to the report.

Trump last week ended subsidies to insurance companies, billions of dollars in reimbursements the government was paying to the insurers to offset their costs to provide cheaper insurance policies to low-income people.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was non-committal about the Alexander-Murray deal Thursday and the office of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) did not immediately comment. Some Republicans have said they do not wish to provide what they describe as a bailout to insurers.

While Democrats have uniformly lined up in support of Obamacare, Republican lawmakers have tried dozens of time, unsuccessfully, to repeal the law, which is anathema to them chiefly because it requires most Americans to buy health insurance, or pay a fine if they do not.

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.

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