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Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have an unusually high number of sponsors on their legislation — 12 lawmakers from each party — and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) promises that every Democrat will vote for it, meaning it seems to have the 60 votes necessary to overcome a fillibuster.
But the study also shows that it matters where the patients lived.
It was a roller coaster in Washington after Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released their bipartisan plan to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. There are some who are writing off the bill as dead, but Alexander still thinks it will pass in some form by the end of the year.
“It’s long past time President Donald Trump learn that he doesn’t get to pick and choose which laws he follows,” says California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading the charge in the fight.
As news of a deal first broke Tuesday, President Donald Trump initially signaled support for the efforts. But after other Republicans panned the measure he seemed to change his mind. And although Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray expressed confidence in their plan, it will be a tough slog for them to get it through both chambers.
The agreement would reportedly provide two years of funding for subsidy payments to health insurers, expand availability of catastrophic plans and restore some money for enrollment outreach.
President Donald Trump wants Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to work out a short-term fix for the insurance marketplaces.
Nearly 20 states, including California, have sued over President Donald Trump’s decision to stop the insurer subsidies. But, “Forcing an administration to continue making payments when the president believes there is no appropriation, and when Congress believes there’s no appropriation, would be a pretty extreme move by the court,” said Nicholas Bagley, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
Uncertainty over the payments to insurers has loomed over Congress for months, and senators have been trying to work toward an agreement to fund them. They’d so far been unsuccessful, but President Donald Trump’s decision to end the payments may force the issue.
Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has already said he is ready to sue the administration over its decision to halt insurer subsidy payments.