Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare

Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress Interior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia MORE (R-Wis.) said Friday there might be an opportunity for a bipartisan deal to shore up ObamaCare's insurance markets. 

Ryan expressed optimism that Congress could pass a bill similar to one sponsored by Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (R-Maine) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonHistory argues for Democratic Senate gains Polling analyst: Same Dems who voted for Gorsuch will vote for Kavanaugh Election security bill picks up new support in Senate MORE (D-Fla.)

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The bill would provide billions of dollars to states to help establish high-risk pools or reinsurance programs, mechanisms that help cover the costs of expensive patients. 

"I've talked to Susan Collins and Democrats about this. I think there might be a bipartisan opportunity there to get risk pools, risk mechanisms — in Maine, they do risk sharing. In Alaska, Wyoming, I think it is, they do reinsurance ... It's basically different ways of saying, let's all agree a person with a catastrophic illness shouldn't go bankrupt if they get sick," Ryan said at an event in Wisconsin.

He noted that Wisconsin had a successful high-risk pool before ObamaCare was implemented. 

"It worked really well here in the state ... I'm still hopeful we can get that back together this year for all states," he said. 

It's not clear how the bill would be passed, though Collins had been pushing for it to be added to a long-term spending bill.  

Ryan did not mention Alexander-Murray, however, another bill being pushed by Collins that would fund key ObamaCare insurer payments, sponsored by Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderMontana governor raises profile ahead of potential 2020 bid Dems pressure GOP to take legal action supporting pre-existing conditions Trump administration to explore importing prescription drugs MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Top Dems urge Trump officials to reverse suspension of ObamaCare payments Dems launch pressure campaign over migrant families MORE (D-Wash.). 

Some Republicans have been critical of the payments, calling them a bail-out for insurance companies.