Esty Statement on Murray-Alexander Deal to Save Cost-Sharing Subsidies
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement in response to reports that Sen. Patty Murray (WA) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) have reached tentative agreement on a bipartisan compromise to preserve vital cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies that underpin the Affordable Care Act’s ability to provide affordable health care for all Americans:
“The consensus is as broad as it as bipartisan: our health care system needs to be stabilized, and it needs to be stabilized now,” Esty said. “Thousands of Connecticut families’ care will be in jeopardy if we fail to develop a commonsense solution to ensure that health insurance premiums stay affordable. As the details of this Senate deal continue to emerge, I call on my House colleagues to come to the table and start talks on how we can reach agreement to avoid sabotaging families’ care. There are still real problems in our health care system that we need to fix. It’s time for a bipartisan approach that’s focused on serving the American people.”
Last week, President Trump announced the administration’s plan to terminate CSR payments. Republicans and Democrats agree that cutting CSRs is not the answer. Esty is a member of the bipartisan Congressional Problem Solvers’ Caucus, which released a proposal on bipartisan ways to stabilize the individual market in August. One of the key policy planks in the proposal is to ensure CSR payments through mandatory funding.