Solutions are what Montanans want from their congressional delegation. Not politics. Not obfuscation or columny. Montanans have very sensitive BS meters and demand results.
Some Montanans who purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace will be paying more after President Donald Trump decided to stop cost-sharing reduction payments that help low-income Americans get coverage. via the Flathead Beacon
This very troubling attempt by the Trump administration to sabotage the health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act has been met with shock and dismay. After attempts to repeal the ACA failed Trump used an executive order to gut a key provision, the cost-sharing reduction(CSR) payments. These payments stabilized the often volatile insurance market.
Trump’s attempt at destabilization was quickly admitted for what it was, sabotage.
Steve Bannon Says President Cut Off Obamacare Payments To Destroy Health Law
In response, a bipartisan group of 13 Republicans and 13 Democrats have joined together to fix Trump’s attempts at sabotage. The Alexander-Murray Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017 was introduced by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington.
What is the Alexander-Murray fix?
From the official Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate:
The Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017 would make several changes to the state innovation waiver process established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), appropriate money for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) through 2019, require many insurers to pay rebates to individuals and the federal government related to premiums in the nongroup health insurance market for 2018, allow anyone in the nongroup market to purchase a catastrophic plan, and require some existing funding for health insurance marketplace operations to be used specifically for outreach and enrollment activities for 2018 and 2019.
On net, CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that implementing the legislation would reduce the deficit by $3.8 billion over the 2018-2027 period relative to CBO’s baseline.
Senator Jon Tester is demanding the Trump Administration reverse course and continue the payments, which help lower health insurance rates.
“This decision will spike health insurance costs that are already way too high. This deliberate sabotage forces Montanans to spend even more of their money on health care, draining their already strained bank accounts.
Washington needs to knock it off and start working together to lower the cost of health care.”
Two voices that have not chimed in yet are the Right Now Technologies representatives, Sen. Daines and Rep. Gianforte. You would expect them to be all on board for an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act as they have been using it as a political football for years to demonize the previous president as well threatening to repeal it at every turn.
Wouldn’t a bipartisan fix make sense for these two? Could they not come to the negotiating table as the expert businessmen they claim to be and compromise for the good of their constituents. I understand holding the party line on many issues, but Montanan’s healthcare is not a political football, it is life and death serious.
Read more about the Alexander-Murray bill here: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
- Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
- Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
- Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
- Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
It’s hard to keep track of what is exactly going on at all anymore. With our government, with our elections, with our climate. I will continue to try and parse information as I find, as it comes out and as it is overshadowed by distractions and news stories that may be receiving too much coverage.
I assume this story will continue to be overshadowed as the first indictments in the Russia investigation are set to be released today.