Trump Won't Sign Any Bill That Might Help Health Insurance Market

Dems call for Obama Care hearings in the House

It would also eliminate Obamacare mandates requiring most Americans to have some kind of health insurance or face a fine, as well as the requirement that forces large employers to offer health coverage to workers or pay a penalty.

Graham used the news conference to urge Trump to "pick up the phone" and round up support from governors. Bernie Sanders' single-payer bill, which also was introduced on Wednesday. That state's particularly generous proposal would cover all medical expenses (no out-of-pocket payments or co-pays) for USA citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented immigrants.

But the Vermont independent's description of the legislation lacks specifics about how much it would cost and final decisions about how he'd pay for it. Aides have said it would likely rely largely on income-adjusted premiums people would pay the government, ranging from zero for the poorest Americans to high levies on the rich and corporations.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) walks to the U.S. Capitol.

Whether or not it can pass before the end of September, when the GOP's opportunity to pass the bill with only a simple majority will expire, remains up in the air. But it embodies a push to universal coverage that eluded Obama's 2010 law and is a tenet of the Democratic Party's liberal, activist base. Almost half of those, he said, made less than $50,000 a year.

But meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act's individual markets, while stable, remain expensive in many rural areas due to a void of insurance options. One way or another, he refuses to be embarrassed by the spectre of a functioning health care program that provides insurance to millions at a reasonable cost.

But that could put Congress in the exact same bind next year, where insurers threaten to spike premiums because they don't know whether federal subsidies will continue.

That's partly because auto-enroll plans would help uninsured Americans who get Obamacare subsidies to cover their monthly premiums.

Yet some Democrats fear Sanders is exposing them to a lose-lose choice. But Graham said the Senate leadership and the president need to fully throw their weight behind the bill in order for it to pass. The last bill standing - a package unveiled this week by Sens. Chris Murphy of CT and Ohio's Sherrod Brown. "People are coming out and saying they are for it, either publicly or privately". Dean Heller, R-Nev. Sen. "If not, we'll take it to the next vehicle", he said.

A number of Senate Republicans have expressed skepticism about the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal, most suggesting the crunching deadline made passage unlikely and that the party has moved on to other priorities, including tax reform.

The Louisiana Republican believes he has the support of 48 or 49 GOP senators, which followed a similar assessment from Lindsey Graham yesterday, who said he thinks the bill has 47 or 48 votes. As an example, Pennsylvania has almost double the population of MA, but receives 58 percent less Obamacare money than MA.

Gottheimer and Reed are members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 35 House lawmakers consisting of both Republicans and Democrats who have been working together on, among other things, a bipartisan approach to health care reform.

The lesson of the past year has been that Republican health plans can quickly change from long shots to near passage.

"I simply won't be able to persuade the Republican majority in the Senate, the Republican majority in the House, and the Republican president to extend the cost-sharing payments without giving states meaningful flexibility", Alexander said.