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Obamacare’s repeal backfires on Trump

A bipartisan coalition will try to curb President Trump's "sabotage" of the US health care system.

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In the face of the imminent cracking of the Republican Party, new alliances have sprung up in the heart of the Senate to try to put a halt to "sabotage" and the inability of the Trump’s administration to address the health system issue.

Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Washington, Patty Murray, would have reached a tentative bipartisan agreement that will extend payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare; a program that President Trump claimed to end last week.

According to a Senate aide, the new bill will restore about $ 100 million in funding for Obamacare outreach by giving Republicans a provision they wanted, which would change "the way states measure the affordability of insurance under their waiver request" according to the CNN report.

In this way, it would be easier for states to obtain waivers to customize Obamacare rules according to their specific needs. The agreement will also allow members of Obamacare to enroll in so-called "catastrophic plans," which have lower premiums but higher deductibles.

These talks would be aimed at "stabilizing" the insurance market, The Hill reported.

This was said by Senate minority leader Charles Schumer, who said he was "pleased" with the deal and urged Republican leaders to “take it up” as soon as possible.

Schumer added that the new project would include "anti-sabotage measures", referring to the need to restoring the outreach funding.

From now on, the work of Murray and Alexander will focus on getting enough sponsors within the Senate, which can pressure Republican leaders to agree to take the bill to the floor of the Senate.

To the surprise of many, President Trump was "moderately" in line with the proposal, which he called "a short-term solution." "We have been involved, and this is a short-term deal because we think ultimately block grants going to the states is going to be the answer," Trump said from the Rose Garden of the White House, where he held a press conference with the Greek Prime Minister.

Even with the president's support, getting the bipartisan agreement through Congress will be complicated. According to The Hill, spokesman Paul Ryan may find opposition by conservatives to any option that insinuates to save Obamacare.

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