In letter to Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma, Alexander says he’s turning to the Administration after Democrats in March blocked legislation to help Americans hurt by Obamacare
“I have tried to fix this problem in Congress. Unfortunately, not a single Democrat would work with us to repeal and replace Obamacare. When efforts to repeal the law stalled, I tried for seven months to find a short-term, bipartisan solution to help Americans trapped in the Obamacare marketplaces – and I appreciate your assistance on those efforts. I worked on a bipartisan proposal that included new permanent flexibility for the State Innovation Waivers, and funding that would have lowered premiums by up to 40 percent. But the Democrats in Congress blocked the proposal. They refuse to change a single word of the broken law.”
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2018 — Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today urged the Trump Administration to take actions to make the Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers a more powerful tool for lowering health insurance costs.
In March, Senate Democrats blocked legislation that would have helped stabilize the Obamacare markets, and lower premiums by up to 40% over three years starting in 2019.
In the letter sent today to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, Alexander wrote:
“During the four bipartisan hearings I chaired in the Senate health committee last fall on helping individuals trapped in the Obamacare markets, virtually every witness told the committee that the application for the State Innovation Waiver is too cumbersome, inflexible, and expensive for states. I also heard that states will need additional help from the administration on waivers that have innovative designs beyond just reinsurance.
“Based upon what we learned in our hearings, I recommend that you:
The full text of the letter is here.