Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare

Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.) said Friday there might be an opportunity for a bipartisan deal to shore up ObamaCare's insurance markets. 

Ryan expressed optimism that Congress could pass a bill similar to one sponsored by Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Maine) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (D-Fla.)

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The bill would provide billions of dollars to states to help establish high-risk pools or reinsurance programs, mechanisms that help cover the costs of expensive patients. 

"I've talked to Susan Collins and Democrats about this. I think there might be a bipartisan opportunity there to get risk pools, risk mechanisms — in Maine, they do risk sharing. In Alaska, Wyoming, I think it is, they do reinsurance ... It's basically different ways of saying, let's all agree a person with a catastrophic illness shouldn't go bankrupt if they get sick," Ryan said at an event in Wisconsin.

He noted that Wisconsin had a successful high-risk pool before ObamaCare was implemented. 

"It worked really well here in the state ... I'm still hopeful we can get that back together this year for all states," he said. 

It's not clear how the bill would be passed, though Collins had been pushing for it to be added to a long-term spending bill.  

Ryan did not mention Alexander-Murray, however, another bill being pushed by Collins that would fund key ObamaCare insurer payments, sponsored by Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderGOP braces for impeachment brawl McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows GOP senator: 'Inappropriate' to discuss opponents, but impeachment a 'mistake' MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Biz groups say Warren labor plan would be disaster Freedom of the press under fire in Colorado MORE (D-Wash.). 

Some Republicans have been critical of the payments, calling them a bail-out for insurance companies.