Chastened Lawmakers Aim For Small, Bipartisan Health Care Victories

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is working with Patty Murray, D-Wash., on a bill to stabilize the health insurance market.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is working with Patty Murray, D-Wash., on a bill to stabilize the health insurance market.

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After Republicans in the Senate spectacularly failed to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a smaller group of lawmakers is trying a new approach: Bring in the Democrats and aim low.

It starts Wednesday when the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds the first of four hearings over two weeks with the goal of passing a modest bill to help stabilize the Obamacare health insurance markets for 2018.

Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says he’s looking to do something “small, bipartisan and balanced.”

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Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/09/05/548676514/chastened-lawmakers-aim-for-small-bipartisan-health-care-victories?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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