McConnell Says Vote on Bipartisan ACA Fix Is Possible

McConnell says he'll bring the bill to the Senate floor if the president promises to sign it
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2017 11:43 AM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2017 12:40 PM CDT
McConnell Will Bring ACA Fix to Senate ... If Trump Approves
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The battle over the future of the Affordable Care Act continued on the Sunday morning news shows, with Senate leaders from both parties offering some hope for bipartisan legislation. On CNN's State of the Union, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would be willing to bring the bipartisan health care bill written by senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to the floor if he could be sure Donald Trump would sign it, Politico reports. "I'm not certain yet what the president is looking for here but I'll be happy to bring a bill to the floor if I know President Trump would sign it," McConnell said. The short-term Obamacare fix would extend cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments for two years. Trump said last week his administration would cease making those payments.

On the other side of the aisle, the Hill reports that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on McConnell to bring the Alexander-Murray bill to the floor, where, he said, "it will pass by a large number of votes. "This is a good compromise. It took months to work out. It has a majority. It has 60 senators supporting it, we have all 48 Democrats, 12 Republicans," Schumer said on Meet the Press. As of Thursday, the bill had 24 co-sponsors, 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans, per CBS. It is unclear, however, if Trump would sign the bill into law. Over the last week he has called the Alexander-Murray bill both a "very good solution" and a bailout for insurance companies, something he said he "can never support." (More Mitch McConnell stories.)

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