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Lawmakers say new Trump plan could provide access to cheaper employer insurance

Brandon Paykamian, Johnson City PRess • Jun 22, 2018 at 1:28 PM

While Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has strongly disagreed with President Donald Trump’s administration on a number of issues in the past — most recently voicing his opposition to new tariffs against trade partners and the executive’s escalation of anti-immigration policies — the senator is with the administration when it comes to health care.

Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health and Labor Committee, said Tuesday that a new Trump administration initiative, the Association Health Plan rule, could allow a self-employed Tennessee worker or small business employee to buy cheaper health insurance that would provide the same coverage for pre-existing conditions, similar to employees of many large companies.

“To the plumber in Memphis, the songwriter in Nashville, or the bakery owner in Chattanooga, who have been paying through the nose since Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) took effect, who might be making $60,000 per year and paying $20,000 for health insurance and who is very likely not receiving any subsidy, the Trump Administration appears to have found a potential solution within existing law for affordable insurance,” the senator said in a Tuesday statement.

“Nearly 180 million Americans get their insurance on the job, and generally they are happy with it because favorable tax code treatment saves them several thousands of dollars a year, and their policies include patient protections such as coverage of pre-existing conditions.”

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