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Conservative Groups Urge Congress to Oppose Obamacare Bailout

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By    |   Monday, 12 March 2018 03:32 PM

Amid bipartisan talks on providing payments to health insurance companies in order to stabilize markets and lower premiums for Obamacare, a coalition of 15 conservative groups urged Congress on Monday not to "bail out" the Affordable Care Act, The Hill reported.

The negotiations are taking place amid efforts by Congress to fund the government by March 23 in order to avoid a shutdown.

In a letter written to congressmen, the coalition — which includes Heritage Action, Club for Growth, and Americans for Prosperity — pressed lawmakers to "fulfill their longstanding promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare, not setting the dangerous precedent of bailing it out."

Although some moderate Republicans back the plan to provide the Obamacare payments, conservatives have long opposed the idea, and the coalition's letter rejects the argument the funds would only be for a year or two.

"The same insurers who are lobbying for bailout money this year will be back again when funding expires, threatening to withdraw from the exchanges or raise premiums if bailouts aren't extended," according to the letter.

The dispute over the funding comes amid conflicting polls regarding Obamacare. In a survey released earlier this month, the Kaiser Family Foundation found 54 percent had a "favorable view" of Obamacare, the "highest share in more than 80 tracking polls" since President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law in 2010.

However, in another poll released this month by The Heritage Foundation, 61 percent of Americans oppose Congress paying health insurance companies taxpayer money to even temporarily lower costs, while just 39 percent support such a measure.

The survey also found two-thirds agree subsidies like these "are not only a bailout for the companies but also hide the fact that Obamacare is failing."

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