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Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare

Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world 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 CollinsModerates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle MORE (R-Maine) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonWhy does Rep. Johnson oppose NASA's commercial human landing system? Trump hands Rubio coveted reelection endorsement in Florida Overnight Defense: Top House Armed Services Republican talks National Guard at Capitol, Afghanistan, more | Pentagon chief visits Afghanistan amid administration's review | Saudis propose Yemen ceasefire 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 AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate GOP faces retirement brain drain The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - CDC news on gatherings a step toward normality Blunt's retirement deals blow to McConnell inner circle MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayHouse passes bill to combat gender pay gap Schumer kicks into reelection mode Democrats target Trump methane rule with Congressional Review Act MORE (D-Wash.). 

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