Pa. legislators sign on to bipartisan health care proposal
A bipartisan group of U.S. House lawmakers, including several Pennsylvania Republicans, have put forward a new health care proposal that they hope can gain support and reduce uncertainty among insurers after the U.S. Senate’s unsuccessful votes last week.
The proposal announced Monday by the Problem-Solvers Caucus is the result of meetings among roughly 40 House legislators in recent months. The five-point plan would, among other changes, would ensure funding for the so-called “cost-sharing subsidies” to insurers, which are intended to hold down out-of-pocket costs for the poorest customers buying insurance on the Obamacare exchanges. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut off those payments.
It also would repeal the medical device tax; change the employer mandate so that it applies to companies with 500, not 50, or more employees; create a stability fund for states to hold down premiums or limit insurer losses; and give states more flexibility, including the ability for compacts to sell insurance across state lines.
Four Pennsylvania Republicans — Reps. Charlie Dent, whose district includes Lehigh County and part of Northampton County; Ryan Costello, of Chester County; Lloyd Smucker, of Lancaster County; and G.T. Thompson, from Centre County — signed on to a news release detailing the proposal.