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Bipartisan Bill to Stabilize Obamacare Needs Trump's Help

Bipartisan Bill to Stabilize Obamacare Needs Trump's Help
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. (Tom Willams/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:55 PM

President Donald Trump will have to use his lobbying muscle on skeptical Republicans and conservatives to push a new bipartisan healthcare deal forward, Politico reported.

The deal negotiated by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., would restore key subsidies that Trump axed five days ago, while offering states flexibility to approve health insurance plans that would have lower premiums.

"We need his support," Alexander said Tuesday, Politico reported. "His recognizing that, in his words, he doesn't want people to be hurt over the next two years while we're still debating the long-term consequences of healthcare, that's very helpful."

According to Politico, Trump still could face another legislative disappointment without a laser-focused lobbying effort on Capitol Hill, where Republicans have repeatedly failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"Clearly, it'd be helpful for President Trump to be on board" to win over conservatives, one unnamed GOP senator told Politico.

"I would think President Trump would find this appealing not as a solution — no one's selling it as a solution — but as a short-term measure to avoid over the next year and a half having continued instability in the marketplace."

But House Republicans and conservative groups are more skeptical, Politico reported.

"The GOP should focus on repealing and replacing Obamacare, not trying to save it – this bailout is unacceptable," conservative Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, R-N.C., told Politico.

"Obamacare is in a 'death spiral.' Anything propping it up is only saving what Republicans promised to dismantle."

The conservative Heritage Foundation said funding the cost-sharing program would "prop up the subsidized Obamacare exchange market but would do absolutely nothing to stabilize" the broader market.

"What is instead needed to stabilize the unsubsidized market is the removal of Obamacare's cost-increasing insurance mandates and misguided regulations," said Ed Haislmaier, a health policy expert at the Heritage Foundation.

"Obamacare doesn't need a lifeline," Club for Growth spokesperson Rachael Slobodien told Politico. "Its cord needs to be pulled."

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The push for a new bipartisan healthcare deal will require not only President Donald Trump's approval, but also his lobbying muscle on skeptical Republicans and conservatives, according to Politico.
repeal and replace, obamacare, insurance, conservatives
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:55 PM
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