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October 24, 2017, 08:16:32 AM
At Least A Dozen Republicans Back Senate Plan To Restore Obamacare Subsidies
By Bridget Johnson
October 20, 2017
WASHINGTON -- Despite lukewarm reactions from President Trump this week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Thursday he has the support of at least a 11 Republicans, not including his vote, to save Obamacare subsidies.
The White House announced last week that the Department of Health and Human Services concluded "there is no appropriation" for the subsidies, and "in light of this analysis, the government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments."
Trump characterized the move as cutting off "a subsidy for insurance companies." Democrats slammed the move as a cruel swipe at lower-income Americans and cited Congressional Budget Office estimates that cutting off the payments will cause premiums to shoot up 20 to 25 percent.
Alexander and HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who had already been working together behind the scenes on an agreement to fix Obamacare, unveiled their deal to save the CSR payments through 2019 and open up states' options for insurance plans within the minimum coverage guidelines.
"Our agreement permanently amends the Affordable Care Act to give new flexibility for states to create insurance policies that have a larger variety and lower costs and it continues the cost-sharing reduction payments during 2018 and 2019," Alexander said on the Senate floor. "Cost-sharing reduction payments are subsidies that pay for copays and deductibles for low income Americans. Every Republican in the House of Representatives who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare this year, voted for a provision that continued the cost-sharing payments for two years."
"The president says there should be no bailout of insurance companies. I agree 100 percent. So does Senator Murray," he added. "We have a page and a half to make it clear that insurance companies cannot 'double dip,' so the benefits go to consumers not insurance companies."
The day before Alexander's remarks, Trump tweeted: "I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also of the process, but I can never support bailing out ins co's who have made a fortune w/ O'Care."
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Re: Obama Care
October 25, 2017, 12:12:57 AM
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