President Trump told Republican senators on Tuesday that he supports two bipartisan efforts to stabilize the ObamaCare insurance markets.
Trump, during a lunch on Capitol Hill, said he supports a bill proposed by Sens. Lamar Alexander Andrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderCongress returns to the nightmare December This week: Republican senators take the fiscal reform Five health-fight against Congress in December MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray Patricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayCongreso returns to the nightmare December This week: Republicans of the Senate resume fiscal reform Five health fights facing Congress in December MORE (D-Wash.), that would continue the key payments of the insurer ObamaCare.
He also said he supports a bill proposed by Sens. Susan Collins Susan Margaret CollinsGOP furiously press for tax reform votes Rand Paul vote for Senate Bill GOP Hill's Whip List: where the Republicans are on the bill of the Senate MORE (R-Maine) and Bill Nelson Clarence (Bill) William Fundraiser of NelsonProminent Dem says the party's report is going: president of the FCC to press for the total repeal of the Collins network's neutrality: approve bipartisan ObamaCare bills before revoking the MORE mandate (D-Fla.) that would establish a reinsurance fund to help insurers cover more expensive individuals.
"He said he supports Alexander-Murray, he said, more importantly, that he supports Collins-Nelson … that he has broad bipartisan support," Alexander told reporters after lunch.
Collins, who has opposed the repeal of the Republican Senate bill of ObamaCare's individual mandate, has met with the president in recent days about his concerns.
When asked if he felt more optimistic about the tax reform bill, he said: "That is a fair badessment because I think many of my concerns seem to be addressed."
Collins said Trump understands the "need to have something to compensate for premium increases" that would occur by revoking the individual mandate and "seemed very open to the combination of Alexander-Murray and Collins-Nelson."
The Maine senator said that she, the Republican leadership and members of the Finance Committee also met on Tuesday to discuss the approval of the two proposals.
"I think they are anxious to help me get to the yes," he said smiling.
Collins said it is "really important" that these bills be approved before a conference committee reports on the tax bill.
"How will that be done and what is the vehicle, I do not know," said Collins.
In addition, he said that it seems that a conference committee will meet to reconcile the differences between the bills of both houses.
Alexander said that the bills could be included in the year-end treatment. Government funding is scheduled to run out next month.
But Democrats so far seem reluctant to support Alexander-Murray if Republicans reject the mandate.
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This story was updated at 3:23 pm
Rachel Roubein and Peter Sullivan contributed