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Senate Dems Call on McConnell to Help Stabilize Obamacare

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By    |   Monday, 10 Jul 2017 02:40 PM

Democratic Senate leaders are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work with them to provide "stability and certainty" to the health insurance markets.

"We believe it is important for the Senate to focus on common sense reforms to make the healthcare system more affordable and workable for American families, including guaranteeing cost-sharing reduction payments, creating a permanent re-insurance program, addressing areas of the country without insurers, and easing the current cliff on cost-sharing subsidies," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and other leaders wrote in a letter sent Monday.

Co-signing the letter with Schumer were Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin, R-Ill., Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Policy and Communications Committee chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

The senators noted four bills that would address stabilizing the market and lowering premiums and said that Democrats would agree to work with the GOP.

"We stand ready to work on these and other reforms to the current system and urge you to join us in advancing measures that would have an immediate impact on improving the health care system for American families," the senators wrote.

Republicans are divided over what to do if the Obamacare replacement does not pass, according to The Hill.

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