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 TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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. 

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“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 McConnellRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence Democrats block two Senate abortion bills VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing MORE (R-Ky.) promised Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick 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.

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One proposal, written by Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderLawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn The Trump administration's harmful and immoral attack on children MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayLawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Public health experts raise alarm as coronavirus spreads Overnight Health Care: Senate panel to hold hearing on US coronavirus response | Dems demand Trump withdraw religious provider rule | Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan backlash 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 NelsonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world Bottom Line MORE (D-Fla.), would provide $4.5 billion over two years to help insurers pay for their most expensive customers.