The market stability proposal offered by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) suffered another setback this week with a counter proposal offered by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX). Both would temporarily fund the ACA’s cost-sharing reduction (CSR) program, but with very different tradeoffs. The Alexander-Murray plan seeks Republicans support by offering additional state flexibility, while the Hatch-Brady plan would temporarily eliminate the ACA’ mandate penalties. The CSRs also got attention this week with the legal ruling that denied the request by Democratic attorneys general to force the Trump administration to resume the CSR payments.
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