Two Senators’ Inexplicable Flip-Flop on Health Care

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Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). (Robert Bukaty/Associated Press)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Jennifer Rubin on December 1, 2017.

“Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) stood tall against partisan pressure in voting to stop a disastrous health-care bill,” writes Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post. “Now, in the context of the tax bill, they are prepared to vote for a bill that would repeal the individual mandate, causing grave economic disruption to the individual market and leave 13 million fewer insured.

“The excuse that they have gotten assurance that the president will back the legislation to preserve cost-sharing reduction subsidies to insurers doesn’t make sense. Timothy Jost at Health Affairs explains:

“‘The two bills are the Alexander-Murray bipartisan health reform bill, which would provide funding to reimburse insurers for reducing cost sharing for low-income enrollees for 2018 and 2019, and another bill that Senator Collins is co-sponsoring with Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida). The Collins-Nelson bill would provide $2.25 million in funding for 2018 and for 2019 for states that obtained 1332 innovation waivers to institute reinsurance programs. …

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