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 TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity 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 McConnellDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security Pence quotes MLK in pitch for Trump's immigration proposal MORE (R-Ky.) promised Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal 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 AlexanderMcConnell blocks House bill to reopen government for second time Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks GOP senators propose bill to pay 'excepted' workers during shutdown MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySen. Murray says Washington behavior reminds her of former preschool students Senate rejects government-wide ban on abortion funding Overnight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal 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 NelsonFlorida lawmaker diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Rick Scott threw party at Florida governor’s mansion after DeSantis and family had moved in: report Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida MORE (D-Fla.), would provide $4.5 billion over two years to help insurers pay for their most expensive customers.