Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare

Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcMorris Rodgers seeks to tamp down unrest Conservative group unveils plan to slash spending by trillion Arizona GOP winner to join Freedom Caucus 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 CollinsGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees GOP senator: 'We were there' on immigration before talks got derailed GOP advances proposal to change Senate rules MORE (R-Maine) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonTucker Carlson criticizes GOP for campaigning against Clinton: She ‘doesn’t run anything’ Senators debate new business deduction, debt in tax law hearing Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator 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 AlexanderGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees The student loan crisis: Congress and the private sector must go all in, now Senate Health panel approves opioid bill MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Trump's VA pick on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for nominee | Senate panel approves opioid bill | FDA cracking down on e-cig sales to kids Trump's nominee for the VA is on the ropes Senate Health panel approves opioid bill MORE (D-Wash.). 

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