Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Bipartisan Alexander-Murray Healthcare Agreement

Oct 18, 2017 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released this statement after Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a bipartisan agreement to stabilize insurance marketplaces for the next two years. The plan takes a strong first step to stabilize the insurance marketplaces, lower premiums and provide additional state flexibility while ensuring protections for those living with pre-existing conditions and for low-income populations. This legislation would not allow states to change the essential health benefits insurers are now required to offer individuals and small businesses under the ACA or let insurers discriminate against consumers with pre-existing conditions.  The agreement also restores $106 million for outreach and enrollment activities to bolster participation in ACA marketplaces.

“Access to quality, affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege. The ability to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is the corner stone of the American Dream, and the government has a role to play in making that possible when the market fails to do so. While I would prefer to see a long-term solution to stabilize the markets and provide relief to consumers and insurers, this deal is a step in the right direction. It is time Congress and the Trump Administration provide the healthcare security and reassurance so many families need, instead of actively trying to sabotage a healthcare system that is working.  I look forward to reviewing this bipartisan legislation and urge Republican leadership in Congress to swiftly put this agreement up for a vote,” said Congressman Ryan.