GOP Senator Richard Burr made an announcement yesterday during an interview with a local North Carolina News Station that has his base furious. During the interview Burr said:
“It’s unlikely that we will get a healthcare deal, I don’t see a comprehensive healthcare plan this year.”
Senator Burr is claiming deep divisions in the Senate throughout the GOP. The Hill reports:
The Senate has been working on a healthcare bill since the House passed its own last month, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (Texas) said a bill would pass through the chamber by “the end of July at the latest.”
But there are deep divisions on issues like how to handle the Medicaid expansion and ObamaCare’s insurer regulations.
Burr indicated the Senate is looking for ways to stabilize the ObamaCare markets in the short term.
Some states are in danger of having no insurers on the exchanges next year, and some senators have said they’re looking for a way to address that.
“Most of my time has been spent trying to figure out solutions to Iowa losing all its insurers, to Tennessee potentially losing theirs… that both aide the exchanges or transition it to something that’s life after the Affordable Care Act.”
It’s unclear what the Senate is considering, but a bill by Health Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) would allow people live in states with no insurers on the exchanges to use their subsidies for other health plans.
They would also be exempt from ObamaCare’s individual mandate.
But insurers are also still waiting to hear from the Trump administration about whether it will continue ObamaCare’s cost-sharing reduction payments, which reimburse insurers for giving discounts to low-income customers.
What do you think about this Senator’s latest announcement? Do you think the Senate will pass health care reform?
Source: The Hill