A bipartisan group of roughly 40 House members has been meeting quietly over the past month to explore ways to stabilize Obamacare — efforts that are expected to take on greater urgency after the stunning breakdown of the Senate’s Obamacare charge early Friday morning.
“This is our window to be relevant on a very real issue that impacts our constituents,” said one Republican official in the gathering who asked for secrecy. The negotiations among the so-called Problem Solvers caucus will resume this morning, the lawmaker said.
Obamacare’s shaky insurance markets are facing perilous limbo with no clear path forward on health care in Washington. The Senate repeal effort blew up last night after Arizona Sen. John McCain joined two other GOP representatives in contradicting a thinned eliminating parts of Obamacare.
President Donald Trump has undermined to cut off significant Obamacare cost-sharing sponsorships, estimated at $7 billion this year, as soon as next month. That could lead to an exodus of insurers, who rely on those payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for their poorest customers under Obamacare.
Be that as it may, some Republican legislators now controlling Washington fear they would assume the fault for Obamacare’s problems, as surveys have demonstrated. And Democrats are eager to stabilize President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Roughly 25,000 Obamacare customers in 38 states are at risk of having no insurers willing to offer coverage next year, as indicated by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In numerous different spots, Obamacare customers only have one insurance option.
The Problem Solvers caucus, driven by Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), is about evenly split between Republican and Democratic lawmakers. It normally meets week after week as a full group. However, a health care working group has been meeting over the past month on health care, the lawmaker said, declining to elaborate on the discussions.
Bipartisan efforts on health care coverage have been nearly impossible since Obamacare passed seven years back with just Democratic votes. Republicans in recent months pushed forward with endeavors to nullify the Affordable Care Act with no contribution from Democrats, who have declined to cooperate unless the wholesale repeal is taken off the table.