Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has come up with another fix for ObamaCare and this time he is having no problem selling it to the Democrats!
Something seem wrong there? The Hill explains that he had the help of former insurance agent, Senator Mike Rounds.
When will these guys realize that any ‘fix’ will end in catastrophe. Ronald Reagan himself could not create a federal program to micromanage healthcare. Just repeal it and keep the federal government out of healthcare.
Now Alexander is trying to sell the deal to skeptical colleagues who don’t want to be seen as propping up a law they revile. “We just kept track on cards who we’d talked to and who we hadn’t talked to and whether they were interested in more information or they wanted copies of the bill as we proceeded to develop it,” Rounds told The Hill in an interview in his office, where a large Bison head and a whiteboard with the latest South Dakota grain prices greet visitors.
Rounds has taken the lead with Alexander in corralling Republicans, with Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) working with Murray on the Democratic side.
Of the two, Rounds doubtlessly has the tougher job. All Senate Democrats are expected to support the bill.
Shortly after the agreement was announced last month, President Trump in a tweet said he opposed “bailing out” insurance companies.
While Trump at other times has seemed to praise the effort, Rounds said the initial criticism stalled his effort to recruit Republicans.
Twelve Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors, but Rounds said he and Alexander have paused their effort for now.
“Once the president announced that he wasn’t ready to move forward much farther at this point with it then we stopped and we didn’t start asking for more Republicans to join on until we resolve any issues the White House might have,” Rounds said.
“There is huge interest on the part of the Republican group to support this, but we have to wait until the president actually gives his approval because nobody’s going to put their name on something if they don’t think there’s a chance of getting it through.”
Rounds continues to talk to other Republican senators about the bill, and talks with Alexander about the effort almost every day.
“Senator Rounds has been critical to it,” Alexander told The Hill. “And the reason he’s been so helpful is because first, he was a governor and knows how to get a result. Second, he knows a lot about health insurance and cares about it.”
Rounds started selling insurance policies as an insurance agent in 1979.
Almost 25 years later, while serving as South Dakota’s governor, he oversaw state-level health insurance reforms in 2003 that included setting up a high-risk pool to insure especially sick people.
The background helped Rounds feel comfortable joining the discussion on the bill, which was led by Alexander and Murray, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Health Committee.
The federal government cannot micromanage and ObamaCare proves that. What happened to all the GOP promises to repeal it?