Maine Lawmaker Urges Backup Plan If High Court Overturns Health Law Subsidies
Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, is warning that, without a plan, consumers will likely face chaos in the insurance marketplace if the Supreme Court justices rule against this provision. Also in news from Congress, the markup of the "Cures" bill is slated to begin today while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduces legislation aimed at high drug prices.
GOP Lawmaker Presses House Leaders For ObamaCare Alternative
Another Republican lawmaker is warning House GOP leaders that they need to come up with a fully fledged plan in case the Supreme Court rules against ObamaCare next month. Without a plan, Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) argued consumers would face chaos in the market if the high court rules against subsidies to buy ObamaCare on the federal marketplace. (Ferris, 5/18)
Cures Offset Talks Continue, Markup Start Could Get Pushed To Wednesday
House lawmakers continued Monday afternoon to negotiate how to pay for the 21st Century Cures legislation which was scheduled to be marked up starting Tuesday. But they have yet to reach agreement on the estimated $10 billion to $15 billion offset for the bill. (Norman, 5/18)
Sanders Takes Aim At High Drug Prices
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Monday introduced a bill aimed at lowering the taxpayer burden for rising generic drug prices. Brand-name drug manufacturers are required by law to pay a rebate to Medicaid when their drug prices rise faster than inflation. Sanders and Cummings’s bill would extend this requirement to generic drug manufacturers. (Sullivan, 5/18)