Alexander floats tweak to ObamaCare fix after Trump tweet

Alexander floats tweak to ObamaCare fix after Trump tweet
© Greg Nash

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderDems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers Overnight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens MORE (R-Tenn.) is trying to keep alive his deal with Democrats on ObamaCare by floating changes to clarify language. 

President Trump tweeted a heavy blow to the deal on Wednesday morning by saying he cannot support "bailing out" insurance companies, a reference to payments to insurers that the deal would continue to help fund discounts for consumers.
 
Alexander's proposed change is to strengthen language in the bill making sure that insurance companies lower their premiums or pass rebates on to consumers and don't just keep the payments, known as cost-sharing reductions, for themselves. 
 
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"He and I absolutely agree that CSRs should benefit consumers and not insurance companies," Alexander tweeted about Trump, referencing the payments.
 
"The Alexander-Murray agreement has strong language to do that, and I will work with the president to see if we can make it even stronger," he added.
 
 
However, it is in doubt that this change, which does not alter the overall contours of the deal, would be enough to win the support of Trump or the many resistant Republican lawmakers.