200 health, business groups endorse bipartisan ObamaCare bill

200 health, business groups endorse bipartisan ObamaCare bill
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More than 200 health and business groups have endorsed a bipartisan bill to shore up ObamaCare's insurance markets. 

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Overnight Energy: Mark Ruffalo pushes Congress on 'forever chemicals' | Lawmakers spar over actor's testimony | House Dems unveil renewable energy tax plan | Funding for conservation program passes Senate hurdle Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayTrump FDA pick dodges questions on Trump's flavored vape ban Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (D-Wash.) announced the support Wednesday as part of their latest push to get the bill passed. 

Those in support include influential groups such as the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association.

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But the bill still faces an uphill battle to becoming law. While it appears to have the support needed to pass the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Fireworks on health care expected at Dem debate | Trump FDA pick dodges on vaping ban | Trump to host meeting on youth vaping Friday | AMA calls for immediate vaping ban GOP senator blocks vote on House-passed Violence Against Women Act On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (R-Ky.) has said he won't call it for a vote without approval from President Trump. 

The bill would fund ObamaCare's insurer subsidy payments for two years and give states additional flexibility to change their ObamaCare requirements.

Trump has called the bill a bailout for insurance companies and is pushing for more conservative changes. 

But Murray said Tuesday she hasn't had any discussions with the White House about making changes to the legislation, calling for it to be brought up as is. 

The bill thus appears to be at a standstill. Many observers think its only real chance is to be included in a larger deal on spending in December.