Emanuel said on "Squawk Box" that the United States needs to change the way health care is administered, rather than going down the road the Republicans want to travel to repeal and replace Obamacare. Insurers need far greater assurances on whether subsidies will continue now; as detailed in a recent Vox article, under the ACA, insurers are supposed to finalize their proposed 2018 premiums by August 16 and make their final decisions about whether to offer 2018 policies in state Obamacare exchanges by September 27.
This under a health care law whose objective, the public was told, was to "bend the cost curve downward".
Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
The committee is led by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican. But Senate Republicans say they don't have the votes and it's time to move on. Other parts of the health care law, however, clearly direct the government to reimburse insurers.
But the easy attack on lawmakers skims over what many say was a complicated, but fair-minded, compromise made during the Obamacare debates several years ago. He said, "The votes are simply not there".
Health insurers aren't the only ones who want President Trump to commit to paying Obamacare's cost-sharing subsidies. They reminded everyone of Obama's hollow promise that those who wanted to keep their health care plan or their doctor could do so if they wished. More approve of the President on this issue, but his disapproval rating on the issue is the highest ever.
Trump has called those payments bailouts for insurers. Now, when there is an administration and a Congress in place that could get the job done, lawmakers have balked at the hard work of governing and undoing the hardships of this disastrous law. "Come back to health care when we've had more time to get beyond the moment we're in - see if we can't put some wins on the board". John McCain, R-Arizona, joined two other GOP senators in rejecting the measure, Sens. He added that he believes bipartisan solutions "tend to be more durable".
Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson, a Democrat running for Hatch's seat, said in saying the Senate is divided on health care, Hatch is admitting that "bipartisanship is too much of a burden for him".
The hearings are also a concrete sign that Republicans are embracing a bipartisan approach to healthcare policy fixes after the Senate failed to repeal the ACA in a series of party-line votes last week.
With the issue unresolved, the Trump administration has been paying insurers each month, as President Barack Obama's administration had done previously. A court has ruled that Congress hasn't properly authorized the money.