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Bipartisan Lawmakers Propose Obamacare Stabilization Plan

by Countable | 7.31.17

After the Senate failed to advance Republicans’ healthcare plan last week, a group of more than 40 bipartisan House lawmakers announced a five-point plan on Monday to stabilize Obamacare’s individual health insurance market.

The Problem Solvers Caucus — co-chaired by Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) — plan would:

  • Provide funding for "cost sharing reduction" payments to insurance companies, which help insurers minimize increases in deductibles and co-payments for households earning below 250 percent of the poverty level ($29,700 for an individual or $60,750 for a four-person household).

  • Create a stability fund that states can use to lower premiums and minimize losses for insurers, particularly for enrollees with pre-existing conditions.

  • Modify the employer mandate to provide health insurance coverage to employees by raising the threshold from 50 employees to 500 and reverting the definition of a full-time work week back to 40 hours, after it had been lowered to 30 hours under Obamacare.

  • Repeal the 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices.

  • Revise parts of Obamacare to improve the ability of states to enter into inter-state agreements to allow health insurance to be sold across state lines.

With the House on recess until September, it remains to be seen whether lawmakers in either chamber of Congress will take up this proposal.

Tell your reps whether you support the Problem Solver Caucus’s plan to stabilize Obamacare using the Take Action button.

— Eric Revell

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  • Jacob
    07/31/2017
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    This is a step in the right direction, but it protects businesses and corporations more than it does individuals. Human beings are more important than a business's bottom dollar.

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  • Christine
    07/31/2017
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    Now both parties can have input, debate the proposals and repair the ACA. That is the design of our congress. By the way, please consider using the proper name of our healthcare law: the Affordable Care Act.

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  • A
    07/31/2017
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    This still sounds like a lite repeal that still puts profits on insurance companies before the health and welfare of individual citizens. We should be working towards the most stable and fiscally responsible alternative to the ACA: single payer.

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  • Millie
    07/31/2017
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    A bipartisan committee working together to improve the Affordable Care Act - yes! That's how government is supposed to work! Keep communicating and working together!

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  • Christina
    08/01/2017
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    I do not support the Obamacare stabilization plan as it stands. I and many others would lose coverage if you roll back the requirement of employers to offer insurance to their employees that work over 30 hrs. I am a single mom with two young kids that works as a nurse. My shifts are 12-13 hrs long. I work an average of 32 hrs a week and take care of my kids when I am not at work. I cannot afford to get insurance on my own for me and my kids and I make too much money to qualify for any assistance.

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  • Pam
    07/31/2017
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    Finally at least a start in communicating with both sides.

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  • Momlyfe
    07/31/2017
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    This is a good start, but just that. A start. Thank you for starting to acknowledge country before party. I hope for my future and my son's future, you continue to realize that your actions have consequences, not just for the American people, but for you as well.

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  • Natalie
    07/31/2017
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    I get that single payer is a leap for many law makers. Working together for positive steps to make the ACA work better is a good first step. We need as many people in the pool as possible to even out costs. We need those with high incomes to pay a little more. We need transparency from hospitals and insurance companies. We need the ability to bargain for lower prices, on hospital and doctor fees as well as drug costs. There are many ways to make the ACA function better! And it needs to be bipartisan enough to make it bullet proof so Trump can no longer undermine our health care.

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  • Don
    08/01/2017
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    Finally, someone is acting like an adult. The bipartisan effort to problem solve the ACA and fix it is worth your support. If you really have the welfare of your constituents at heart and not some misguided partisan gamesmanship. I urge you to put your support behind it.

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  • Joel
    08/01/2017
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    Single payer.

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  • Phillip
    08/01/2017
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    I am thrilled to see this. Seriously happy. Bipartisan is the way to go. I don't know where we will land, but I believe that bipartisan collaboration is the right approach. Keep up the good work. You are giving me hope.

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  • Deborah
    08/01/2017
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    The proposed bill put forth by the Problem Solver's Caucus to modify Obamacare is certainly a move in the right direction. Although I do not fully understand the proposal and am awaiting more information and analysis, I urge you to participate in this bipartisan effort

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  • Sharon
    08/01/2017
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    This looks like a good beginning. But they need input from the parties involved: doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and advocates for low income and elderly.

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  • Countryfirst
    08/01/2017
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    It is a step in the right direction, but individuals must be held above big businesses. It is good to see both sides trying to work together for America. So sad and disheartening that the President and most far right republicans still don't care if they murder us for a tax break!

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  • LLBruton
    07/31/2017
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    Take away federal employees 'bailout' and make them pay what WE pay and see how quickly we get a usable healthcare system. Why are MY dollars paying for some federal workers' deductible and premiums anyway. This makes me furious that the Fed's cry about the poor unable to afford their premiums and THEY HAVE THAT SAME POOR PERSON SUBSIDIZING THEIR ACA! Everyone in government is having their plans paid by us. TAKE THAT AWAY! Let the millionaire federal employees pay their OWN premiums and deductibles.

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  • Aaron
    08/01/2017
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    I support any effort to find solutions to the weaknesses of Obamacare. The law clearly has failings that need to be addressed in a bipartisan manner, and democrats and republicans need to find the common ground for compromise to happen. I am a democrat but I support working with republicans to find areas where we can agree to fix the law. However, the goal should be to find ways to cover more people in a more cost effective way, not to cut off people's health insurance or give millionaires and billionaires an unnecessary tax cut.

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  • Joshua
    07/31/2017
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    This plan looks very good, however, 500 employees for the employer mandate is a little high. If it could be reduced to 200-250, that would be better.

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  • MIKAL
    07/31/2017
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    Congresswoman Cheney... Senators Enzi & Barasso... Are you going add YOUR efforts to FIX the ACA OR continue your R&R debacle? IF YOU TRUELY WANT TO AMKE AMERICA GREAT, you will WORK WITH ALL your colleagues to deliver what was promised in the 2016 election: Healthcare that is BETTER & CHEAPER"! What Republicans do now - give in to TRUMP bullying OR take reasonable actions toward solving problems - WILL be a huge factor in the 2018 elections... Decide wisely...

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  • Natalie
    08/01/2017
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    An ACA stabilization plan would be a great step in the right direction. I would encourage this step!

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  • James
    07/31/2017
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    No! That's not going to happen! The President has it right! Come up with a viable healthcare plan and get rid of Obamacare at the same time! Why should Congress or anyone else be exempt from Obamacare! That will force them to act! There was no reaching across the isle when Dems came up with and jammed that junk down the throats of the American people!

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