WH: Trump wants Congress to pass bipartisan ObamaCare fixes in January

WH: Trump wants Congress to pass bipartisan ObamaCare fixes in January
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE supports the passage of bipartisan legislation designed to shore up ObamaCare, the White House said Wednesday. 

“Yes,” a senior White House official said when asked if Trump wants the bills passed in January. 

The official expressed confidence that Republicans could overcome opposition in the House, where conservatives are objecting to the fixes. 

“We believe we will work with the House to get those passed,” the official said. “We think that we’ll be in a more comfortable place in January to get that passed." 

Republicans on Capitol Hill are locking horns over two proposals to fund crucial insurer subsidies, stabilize individual insurer markets and help lower premiums. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Hickenlooper announces Senate bid Trump orders elimination of student loan debt for thousands of disabled veterans MORE (R-Ky.) promised Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: Insurance lobby chief calls Biden, Sanders health plans 'similarly bad' | Trump officials appeal drug price disclosure ruling | Study finds 1 in 7 people ration diabetes medicine due to cost Collins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' reelection would go well if she runs Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' MORE (R-Maine) a vote on the proposals when seeking her vote on tax reform. 

But Collins on Wednesday acknowledged the bills won't be able to pass as part of legislation to avoid a government shutdown. She said action on health care can wait until January.

The White House's comments came after Trump boasted that the tax bill "essentially" repeals the Affordable Care Act by eliminating the individual health insurance mandate.

One proposal, written by Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Hill's Morning Report - How will Trump be received in Dayton and El Paso? McConnell faces pressure to bring Senate back for gun legislation Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe Democrats demand Trump officials withdraw rule on transgender health The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE (D-Wash.), would fund insurer subsidies to help offset expected premium increases as a result of the mandate repeal. 

The bill would fund two years of the cost-sharing reduction payments in exchange for granting states greater flexibility to waive ObamaCare insurer regulations.

The other measure, drafted by Collins and Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonAl Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (D-Fla.), would provide $4.5 billion over two years to help insurers pay for their most expensive customers.