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Sen. Lamar Alexander on Fixing ACA: 'I'm Not a Magician'

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:58 PM

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander now says trying to fix Obamacare is too problematic, especially in light of Republican leadership disavowing the stabilization plan, The Hill reported.

Between Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill and his own party closing in on new legislation to replace Obamacare, Alexander says the appetite to fix and bolster the Obamacare insurance markets is no longer there — on either side.

"I know how to get bipartisan results," Alexander said, the Hill reported. But "I'm not a magician, and it requires my persuading Sen. McConnell, Speaker Ryan, the president, that we're right about it."

And just the opposite has happened.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he opposes Alexander's bipartisan stabilization push with ranking Democrat Patty Murray, Politico reported.

Ryan "is drawing a red line" and said the House "would not be able to pass a bailout of insurers," a congressional source told Politico. "The White House also told GOP leaders that (Obamacare subsidies) without repeal would not work."

Instead, Republicans are all in on the bill now touted as Graham-Cassidy, after Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, that would toss healthcare to the states in the form of block grants.

"Our focus is on repealing and replacing this failing law, and we are encouraged the Senate is making progress," AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, told Politico.

McConnell, too, threw his weight behind Graham-Cassidy on Tuesday.

Graham and Cassidy "know how important it is to move beyond the failures of Obamacare. They know that our opportunity to do so may well pass us by if we don't act soon," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Republicans have a deadline of Sept. 30 to pass Graham-Cassidy via a simple majority.

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