Nineteen Senate Democrats have signed on to a bill that would block President Donald Trump’s expansion of conscience exemption to Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage mandate.
Sens. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D., Wash.) have introduced legislation that attempts to stabilize the insurance market and lower the cost of premiums so Americans have more access to care.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is “supportive of” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) as a person and for the role he played in reaching a bipartisan health care deal, but added that he does not support the agreement because it “bails out” insurance companies that profited from Obamacare.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Pat Toomey (R., Penn.) have introduced the Mandate Relief Act of 2017 to relieve Americans of paying Obamacare’s mandate, which is a penalty or tax for not purchasing health insurance.
An Obamacare tax that will be imposed in 2018 will raise premiums even further and is estimated to cost $270 billion over the next decade, according to a report commissioned by UnitedHealth Group.