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Trump signals support for ObamaCare deal

President Trump on Tuesday appeared to signal support for a bipartisan deal to help stabilize ObamaCare. 

Trump called the proposal “a short-term solution so that we don’t have this very dangerous little period” for insurance companies.

The president spoke minutes after Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderWe need a college leader as secretary of education As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony MORE (R-Tenn.) announced he and ranking member Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayNational reading, math tests postponed to 2022 amid coronavirus surge Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition DOJ investigation into Epstein deal ends without recommended action MORE (D-Wash.) had reached an agreement to aid insurers.

“They are working together and I know very much what they’re doing,” Trump said.  

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Their proposal would extend ObamaCare subsidy payments to insurers for two years and offer states greater flexibility to waive the law's rules. 

Trump announced last week he would cut off the payments, a move experts said would cause insurance premiums to skyrocket. 

The president stressed he sees the Alexander-Murray plan as a temporary fix and said he plans to push forward with a repeal of former President Obama’s signature health-care law. 

“We either have the votes or [are] very close to having the votes, and we will get the votes for having the potential to have great health care,” he said.  

“We ultimately think block grants going to the states is the answer,” he added.