Bipartisan Deal Reached to Resume CSR Payments, Now the Hard Part Begins
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have announced they have come to resume federal payments to health insurers blocked last Thursday. The plan would extend payments to insurance carriers for two years.
Alexander and Murray have been working on a bipartisan deal on healthcare for weeks, detached from the multiple unsuccessful GOP attempts to dismantle the ACA.
Even with a deal, the fate of these subsidies are still in question. Now begins the hard work of selling this to Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, and then getting them to agree. Finally, the bill would have to be signed by President Trump, who has come out in support of the effort.
“”It is a short-term solution so we don’t have this very dangerous little period,” he said.
Alexander said President Trump has urged him to reach a deal with Murray twice.
“He says he doesn’t want people to be hurt in this interim,” said Alexander, a reference to Trump’s desire to revisit the effort to scrap Obama’s statute next year.
Restoring these payments, totaling $7 billion lowers costs such as deductibles and copays for over 6 million Americans.