Here are three “easy” things Schumer believes can shore up Obamacare
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats remain willing to work with Republicans to shore up insurance markets and enact broader fixes to the current healthcare law.
He cited three “easy” fixes to quickly stabilize the insurance markets.
First, Schumer believes there’s bipartisan support to ensure that the Trump administration will continue making the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments, which help lower the costs of copays and deductibles for lower-income Americans.
Second, he called on the Senate to take up a proposal from Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Thomas Carper of Delaware that would create a permanent reinsurance program for the individual health insurance market. The plan would help offset larger-than-expected insurance claims for companies participating in state and federal health insurance marketplaces.
Finally, Schumer cited a bill by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that would enable people living in predominantly rural counties that lack health insurers to buy insurance from the health insurance exchange for D.C., where most lawmakers and their staff members buy coverage.
The three proposals — all from Democrats facing reelection in 2018 — “don’t get to the overall structure of health care, but they would stabilize it and prevent premiums from going up further and coverage from decreasing,” Schumer said.