Saturday, July 1, 2017

Senate Leaders Consider Ted Cruz Option to Avoid Obamacare Insurer Requirements

Republican leaders are strongly considering an amendment from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to let insurers sell plans that don't comply with Obamacare's insurance mandates as long as they sell some plans that do.
The idea behind the amendment is to address conservative concerns that the bill doesn't repeal enough of Obamacare's insurer mandates that conservatives say are driving up premiums. However, it is not clear how the amendment would spread risk among the people buying the Obamacare plans and the likely cheaper plans that don't comply with Obamacare.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is said to be weighing the Cruz amendment instead of one in the House bill that lets states waive key Obamacare insurer mandates, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
But members of Senate leadership expressed concern with parts of the amendment, mainly the pool of people who would buy only the plan that meets Obamacare's mandates because it would have more comprehensive care.
"It has to be structured in a way that ensures the pools are not adversely affected," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the third-ranking Republican in the Senate.
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., added that he liked the idea but only if there is a connection between the Obamacare pool rate and the other plans that don't have to abide by the mandates, which likely would make them cheaper.
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