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Sen. Cornyn Wants Stabilization Funds Tied to Health Reform

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 September 2017 08:35 PM

A top GOP senator who has been skeptical of a bipartisan effort to stabilize insurance markets is now floating an idea to tie any potential deal to reforms offered in the abandoned Graham-Cassidy bill, The Hill reported.

"Sen. [Lamar] Alexander and Sen. [Patty] Murray are working on some ideas on stabilizing the market, but more importantly, to me, Sen. [Tim] Cassidy and Sen. [Lindsey] Graham are looking at structural reform," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday, The Hill reported.

The No. 2 Senate Republican said he is still pessimistic any deal between Alexander, R-Tenn., and Murray, D-Wash., would work as a stand-alone bill.

"I remain unconvinced that bailing out insurance companies is going to fix the problem," Cornyn said, The Hill reported. "That's why if somehow we can combine the efforts of Cassidy and Graham for real reform, that might provide a potential solution."

The GOP bill from Graham of South Carolina and Cassidy of Louisiana would have repealed much of Obamacare, replacing the Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies with block grants to the states — but failed to get enough Republican support and was not brought up for a Senate vote.

The Hill reported, also Tuesday, Alexander announced he would restart talks with Murray and other senators to try to "find consensus on a limited bipartisan plan that could be enacted into law to help lower premiums and make insurance available to the 18 million Americans in the individual market in 2018 and 2019."

Graham appeared open to the idea of merging the two efforts, The Hill reported.

"There's all kind of combinations to get us to where we want to be," he said. ". . . I would like to sit down with Democrats and say 'listen can we buy some time here to keep everybody, you know, from completely collapsing."

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A top GOP senator who has been skeptical of a bipartisan effort to stabilize insurance markets is now floating an idea to tie any potential deal to reforms offered in the abandoned Graham-Cassidy bill, The Hill reported.
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