Schumer, Alexander Threaten to Fix Obamacare

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

They can’t fix Obamacare but they can make the Republicans support the disaster so it no longer hurts only the Democrats.

If Republicans cooperate to fix Obamacare they are more stupid than we thought. After passing Obamacare, Democrats suffered historic losses in 2014 and 2016. Where was the voter gratitude for such a great program?

Obamacare is inherently unstable. It has tied us to a never-ending series of political battles in which politicians will have to fix it again every few years.

Reuters reports, “Senators close to bipartisan deal on health exchanges: Schumer.

The move, which Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said was “on the verge” of completion, would stabilize the market for individuals who buy their own insurance plans on the federal or state-based exchanges.

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Schumer said Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, a Republican, and ranking Democrat Patty Murray had resurrected a bipartisan approach, which had been cast aside amid the latest near-vote on a repeal bill.

Alexander and Murray had been working to protect the government payments made to insurers to help reduce medical expenses for low-income Americans enrolled in Obamacare. Alexander also wanted states to have more flexibility to design insurance plans under the program.

I hope instead Trump convinces the Republicans to let Obamacare implode.

Read the entire Reuters story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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