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Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets
The Republican and Democratic heads of the Senate Health Committee are looking to cobble together a bipartisan ObamaCare deal, after the GOP's latest failure to repeal the law.
Lobbyists have told The Hill the bill could potentially include two years of funding for ObamaCare's insurer subsidies and an expansion of state waivers. It could also allow ObamaCare enrollees to buy "copper plans," which are cheaper, less generous insurance plans that currently only people under age 30 can buy.
However, it's still unclear if the deal could pass the full Senate or the House.
Conservatives have called the proposal a "bail out" for insurance companies.
"It would be a serious mistake to bail out insurance companies, rather than provide relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting under Obamacare," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a statement Friday.
All eyes will also be on President Trump, who has also said he might soon sign an executive order allowing insurance to be sold across state lines.
Meanwhile, speculation is growing about who Trump will tap to replace former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who resigned after a firestorm over his use of private jets for official business.
On Friday, Trump accepted Price's resignation.
Price had tried to quiet the controversy, apologizing and vowing to reimburse taxpayers for the flights. But the $52,000 he offered to pay was only part of the estimated $400,000 in costs for his trips.
His flights have also drawn the interest of Congress, with the House Oversight Committee vowing to investigate the use of private jet travel by Cabinet officials.
The House Energy & Commerce Committee will markup legislation next week on reauthorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). But the mark up is coming days after CHIP funding expires on Sept. 30.
The full House in the coming week will also vote on a 20-week abortion ban. The bill from Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.
While it's likely to pass the House, it's probably doomed in the Senate, where it would need 60 votes to pass, and Republicans only have a 52-seat majority.
Trump has said he would sign the bill, which is a top priority for anti-abortion groups.
Hearings and markups
The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee will hold a hearing titled "The Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis" on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Dirksen 430.
The House Energy & Commerce Committee will mark up a bill extending the federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Wednesday. A time has not been announced.
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This story was updated on Oct. 2 at 10:16 a.m.