The odds of passing a newly proposed bipartisan “short-term fix” for Obamacare got longer Wednesday as House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office indicated he opposes the bill — along with as President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman said he does not support the legislation as at This kind of point written.
“The speaker does not see anything of which modifications his view of which the Senate should keep its focus on repeal along with replace of Obamacare,” said Doug Andres, spokesman for the Wisconsin Republican Ryan.
If Ryan holds firm in of which opposition, the idea could doom the bill since the idea could need to pass the House, in addition to the Senate to be sent to Trump for signing.
Trump’s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the president does not support the bill as currently written.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said of which the Alexander-Murray bill could easily pass the Senate, with up to 10 Republican co-sponsors, if a vote is actually held.
Schumer also revealed Wednesday of which the bill, if the idea becomes law, could extend the enrollment period for Obamacare plans for 2018 by 30 extra days.
Currently, open enrollment in those individual health plans is actually set to run through Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.
Despite Schumer’s optimism for the bill, inside the Senate at least, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said the bill may be “stalled,” along with called its future an “open question.”
A draft of the bill obtained by National Public Radio on Wednesday could require insurers to give customers a one-time or monthly rebate out of funds the government could Discharge to the halth plans If the rebates were not given, the money could have to be refunded to the government.
of which provision could assuage concerns by Trump of which the bill could “bail out” insurers.
Trump has sent decidedly mixed signals on the tentantive deal for a series of measures to prop up Obamacare markets announced Tuesday by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., along with Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Among additional things, the bill could reinstate billions of dollars in federal reimbursement payments to Obamacare insurers, which Trump ceased last Thursday.
Prices of many Obamacare insurance plans will be much higher than they otherwise could have been in 2018 because of Trump’s long-time threats to kill those payments, along with because of his follow through on those threats. The payments compensate insurers for discounts in out-of-pocket health costs insurers give low-income customers.
The draft of the bill of which came to light Wedneday apparently, with its rebate provision, seeks to address concerns of which insurers who had raised their rates because of the expected lack of the payments could get a financial windfall if the so-called cost-sharing reduction reimbursements were restored.
In addition to funding the CSR payments, the bill could give states flexibility in what kinds of insurance plans could be sold in individual states, provide extra money for Obamacare enrollment outreach, along with allow people of all ages to enroll in lower-cost, less-generous catastrophic health plans.
During an interview with Axios on Wednesday, Alexander said he had just finished a phone conversation with Trump. He said the president had called him to encourage him about the deal with Murray.
“Trump completely engineered the plan of which we announced yesterday,” Alexander said. He added Trump called him repeatedly, along with asked of which Murray be part of the idea.
“He wanted a bipartisan bill for the short term,” Alexander told Axios.
Alexander said Trump told him of which he needed to review the proposal to “reserve his options.”
although shortly after Alexander spoke, Trump posted a message on Twitter of which attacked a key component of the bill — the funding of cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers.
“I won’t do anything to enrich the insurance companies,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
Alexander responded to Trump’s message on Twitter, saying Trump had phoned him again.
Alexander later elaborated on Trump’s involvement, telling reporters: “The president called me 10 days ago along with asked me to work with Senator Murray to do This kind of.”
of which was about a week before Trump killed the CSR payments of which the deal is actually designed to restore.
“He called me last Saturday we talked about the idea, he called me This kind of morning,” Alexander said.
“He still wants a block grant proposal,” Alexander said, referring to a Senate bill of which could give states flat sums of money to subsidize individual insurance market coverage for individuals along with Medicaid.
“I think everybody inside the country understands of which. although of which’s not going to come This kind of year along with he understands there’s an interim gap along with the idea’s better served by a bipartisan bill like This kind of,” Alexander said.
When asked if Trump told him of which he could support the deal without the block-grant provision, Alexander said, “Well he hasn’t said of which along with I wouldn’t expect him to.”
“He encouraged me to get an agreement with Senator Murray. He said he could review the idea. of which’s all I could ask a president to do.”
Alexander then was asked if he could get the bill passed without Trump’s support.
“Well I can certainly introduce the idea,” Alexander said. “You know the legislative process is actually steps, along with Step 1 is actually an agreement. Senator Murray along with I at This kind of point have of which. Step 2 is actually to have several Republican along with Democrat co-sponsors along with we’ll have those by Thursday.”
“along with then Step 3 will be to work with the White House, work with the House, along with see how to pass the idea,” Alexander said.
“I could predict of which for the end of the year, This kind of agreement, in one form or the additional, will become law.”