Senate Republicans on Thursday personally lobbied President Donald Trump to support a bill to shore up Obamacare markets while simultaneously repealing the law’s individual mandate as part of tax reform, according to GOP sources.
There is growing concern among Senate Republicans that repealing the requirement that most Americans have insurance without funding a separate Obamacare cost-sharing program would cause too much havoc in already shaky insurance markets. But they need to repeal the mandate in order to have enough money to cover new tax cuts.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana attended the White House meeting, which was arranged by Graham, according to GOP sources.
Senate Republicans want Trump to get behind a bipartisan deal Alexander crafted with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to fund Obamacare’s cost-sharing program. They argue that enacting Alexander-Murray as part of a year-end spending deal would make up for some of the anticipated damage done to the insurance markets by repealing the mandate. But House Republicans are skeptical of Alexander-Murray, dubbing it a “bailout” of insurance companies.
“There is a growing recognition if we repeal the individual mandate, then Republicans have some responsibility to fix …read more
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