Costa Commends Bipartisan Alexander-Murray Health Care Agreement
FRESNO, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) issued the following statement today after the leaders of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) – announced their bipartisan agreement to improve the Affordable Care Act, which includes funding the cost-sharing reduction payments the Administration cut last week:
“The bipartisan health care agreement reached in the Senate takes seriously the need to address weaknesses in the Affordable Care Act, and I commend Senators Alexander and Murray for refusing to give into the partisanship that has thwarted previous efforts to improve the ACA. I am particularly pleased to see that the Senate plan parallels some of the core ideas of the bipartisan health care framework we in the Problem Solvers Caucus proposed in July, including stabilizing the individual market through funding cost-sharing reduction payments and reducing health care premiums. I have always said that we need bipartisanship to provide real and long-term solutions to fix our policy problems, and this health care proposal is a significant step towards giving Americans the stable, responsible health care policy they want and deserve.”
The Problem Solvers Caucus’s bipartisan health care proposal released in July can be found here.