McConnell says GOP must shore up ACA insurance markets if Senate bill dies
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), A said Thursday that if his party fails to muster 50 votes for its plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act, it will not be worth more than writing a bill Of more modest law with the Democrats to support existing insurance law markets.
Observations made at a Rotary Club luncheon in Glasgow, Ky., Represent a significant change for the veteran legislator.
Then raised the idea of last week, Republicans may have to turn to Democrats if they can not pass their own bill, his words will mark the first time that explicitly raised the prospect appeasing the ACA.
“If my team can not agree on a suitable substitute, some sort of action in the private health insurance market has to happen,” McConnell said.
“No stock is an alternative. Insurance markets implode across the country, even in this state.”
McConnell, who pledged in 2014 to eradicate the law, known as a “comprehensive” Obamacare, first raised the possibility of working with the Democrats last week after taking a measure he had done in private.
This bill would eliminate the ACA requirement that most individuals prove they had health coverage, repeal or delay billions of taxes established under current law and make deep and long-term cuts in the country’s Medicaid program .
But when he said earlier that Republicans “need to find a solution” if they wanted a real change for the nation’s health care system, McConnell acknowledged Thursday how difficult it is to create an alternative that can satisfy and conservative GOP core camps.
His suggestion that he and his colleagues instead might try to strengthen the insurance exchanges created under the ACA contradicts Republican debate points that can not be repaired.
The markets were built for people who do not have access to affordable coverage through a job and now represent just over 10 million Americans who have purchased health plans through exchanges.
More than 8 out of 10 clients purchased their projects with federal funds provided by law.
So far, Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have argued that the collapse of ACA markets is a major reason to wipe out much of the 2010 Act.
McConnell said Thursday in Glasgow, he continued to “twist the line” to strengthen the bill. But without Democrats ready to support him, he can not lose more than two of the 52 members of the caucus. Vice President Pence then vote, casting the vote against detachment.
A spokesman said Thursday night that there was “literally” no difference on McConnell this week and last week, when he said that “Republicans will agree and will change the status quo, or markets will continue to cede and that Will sit “with the Democrats.
“The two times he talked about something happen,” said Don Stewart. “His point was: The only way the Democrats work with us is [to] support Obamacare, do not fix it.”
However, the July 4 setbacks have not strengthened McConnell’s political outlook; Republican senators were captured from questions from participants concerned about the potential impact on their cover.
In recent days, some senators have suggested that considerable work would be needed before the Reconciliation Act better attention can pass through the Senate.