Democratic Sen. Patty Murray said some Republicans are “facing reality” amid reports that lawmakers discussed giving up on Obamacare repeal at the annual GOP congressional retreat.
“It’s good news that at least some Republicans are facing reality and accepting that families don’t want any part of Trumpcare,” the Washington Democrat said in a statement Thursday.
Murray is the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and is pushing a bill to stabilize Obamacare with committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
The bill would fund Obamacare insurer payments for two years in exchange for giving states more flexibility in waiving Obamacare regulations. Another bill by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., would give states $10 billion in reinsurance funding for Obamacare insurers. Reinsurance helps insurers by covering the sickest claims so they can lower premiums overall.
Politico reported Thursday that most Senate Republicans are ready to give up on repealing Obamacare this year.
President Trump did not pledge to get rid of the rest of Obamacare during his State of the Union address Tuesday. Instead, he highlighted the repeal of the law’s individual mandate penalties as part of tax legislation last year.
The individual mandate requires that everyone have insurance or pay a penalty.
Senators supporting the stabilization bills are hoping to add them to a long-term spending deal called an “omnibus” that Congress is expected to pass in the next month or so.