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Conway: Trump Will Not Sign Bill With Insurance Company Bailouts

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By    |   Monday, 23 October 2017 11:28 AM

President Donald Trump has made it clear that he favors meaningful healthcare reform legislation, but he won't sign a bill into law that allows bailouts for the nation's insurance companies, his senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said Monday.

"On the specific issue, the president is not going to sign into law [a bailout] for the insurance companies," Conway told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program.

"He's here to help Americans, the 28 millions who still have no health insurance because of Obamacare. He's taken action outside of Congress that helps millions of Americans who don't get their benefits for employers and don't get their benefits directly from the government."

Trump last week reversed course, opposing a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., that he'd initially supported.

Under the Alexander-Murray legislation, payments to insurance companies would continue for two years, a proposal opposed by Trump and other conservatives. Their bill was presented five days after Trump said he was stopping the payments.

The subsidies, enacted by former President Barack Obama rather than Congress, allow insurers to reduce out-of-pocket costs for lower-income people. Insurers and others have warned that halting the subsidies would force premiums higher and prompt some carriers to abandon markets, but opponents complain that the payments are not constitutional, as they were not approved by a congressional vote.

Conway said Monday that Alexander has been "working really hard" on healthcare legislation because he "knows a lot of Americans are still suffering."

"The president wants to make clear, he talks about health savings accounts, block granting Medicaid to the states so that the governors and those closest to the people in need will administer that money," Conway said.

Trump's principles on healthcare reform are "transparent," she added, and if Congress can come up with a plan that meets those goals, he'll sign it.

Conway also discussed Trump's tax reform plans, saying that he's made it clear the tax cuts will benefit the middle class.

"The president made clear his two major priorities are to make sure that this tax cut benefits the middle class and second they come in to reduce the tax rate, because these are job creators," Conway said.

She also commented on the news that Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, is investigating Tony Podesta the brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.

Podesta's firm, the Podesta Group, did public relations work to support former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort push to boost Ukraine's image in the west, and is being investigated for failing to file a registration with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), according to an NBC report.

She said she was not surprised the probe reached Podesta, but she's more concerned with the scandal concerning former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and a deal for U.S. uranium going to Russian interests.

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President Donald Trump has made it clear that he favors meaningful healthcare reform legislation, but he won't sign a bill into law that allows bailouts for the nation's insurance companies, his senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said Monday.
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