Here are three “easy” things Schumer be­lieves can shore up Oba­macare

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sul­li­van

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.

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