President Donald Trump told Republican senators on Tuesday he supports an Affordable Care Act individual major medical market stabilization bill offered by Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray, which may help bolster support for the tax-cut legislation headed for a vote this week.
Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota quoted Trump as telling Republican senators, “I support the Alexander-Murray bill.”
“He actually made it very clear that he supported the Alexander-Murray bill,” Rounds said of the president’s remarks during a luncheon meeting with senators. “He sees it as a transition away from Obamacare.”
Alexander of Tennessee said he was “delighted” that the president didn’t put any conditions on his support for the legislation.
The president’s position has zigzagged on the ACA cost-sharing reduction subsidies that the legislation would restore, and which Trump said last month he’ll cut off. The move represents a reversal for Trump after he repeatedly attacked the insurer payments as a “bailout.”
Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have said they want the Alexander-Murray plan put into law to mitigate potential premium increases caused by the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate in tax overhaul legislation.