Joining me now is Sarah Kliff.
Mazer has closely tracked the health care bill. Welcome to the program.
HHS has already told states it would grant waivers for those who want to experiment more broadly with such possible reforms.
KLIFF: Yeah, so he's talking about two things. "A first critical step ... is to fully fund CSRs (cost-sharing reduction payments) for the remainder of calendar year 2017 through 2018".
All the president had to do was to order the secretary and attorney general to withdraw the Obama administration appeal and the subsidies - which have continued during the appeal - would have ended with the insurance companies themselves abandoning Obamacare's failed health insurance market. That would cause a lot of chaos in the marketplaces.
Absent any intervention by the courts to keep the funding while litigation proceeds, carriers would have to crank up premiums of medium-level plans - commonly known as silver plans - an extra 19 percentage points on average to recoup lost cost-sharing funds, independent experts project.
Alexander said the committee would hold hearings starting the week of September 4 "on the actions Congress should take to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market, so that Americans will be able to buy insurance at affordable prices in the year 2018".
For months, Trump has been threatening to stop payments that reimburse insurers for providing required financial assistance to low-income consumers, reducing their copays and deductibles. What's happened since he's taken office?
Miller said the five insurance companies selling subsidized insurance in Pennsylvania requested an 8.8 percent rate increase next year.
Finally, the proposal includes mechanisms to facilitate the sale of health insurance across state lines - another perennial Republican policy goal. "[Democrats] aren't about to agree to dismantle the Affordable Care Act just because Trump makes a reckless bet". And that's actually quite damaging in itself. "Many of us still retain our philosophical opposition and substantive opposition to the Affordable Care Act".
Open enrollment begins November 1 and continues through December 15. Briefly put, it's the public-sector equivalent to the employer-based health coverage most Americans receive through their private sector full-time jobs.
"We'll see [the number of] people who are uninsured, or functionally uninsured, go way, way up", he adds. And this is after some of the advertising was pulled.
Congress should focus on the actions needed "to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market so that Americans will be able to buy insurance at affordable prices in 2018", Alexander said in a statement Tuesday.
"Now we hear Schumer on the democratic side, McCain on the republican side saying it's time to get serious and reach across aisle, let's have these negotiations on what can work, what can each side tolerate". Are there some obvious fixes?
The D.C. exchange says about 11,000 Capitol Hill personnel are enrolled through the city's small-business exchange.
President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon whether to eliminate a set of Obamacare subsidies whose loss could drive up individual health insurance premiums an average 20 percent in Pennsylvania. President Trump has threatened to withhold subsidies the government is supposed to pay insurance companies, which offset discounts on insurance offered to low-income people.
Another big one is the creation of a nation-wide system of reinsurance, a mechanism that helps deal with a phenomenon called "adverse selection".
The uncertainty surrounds whether the House and Senate will approve an overhauled health care plan that does away with the individual mandate that requires people to buy insurance or pay a penalty, the report said. The Blue Cross plan in North Carolina, for example, is tacking 14 percent onto their premium rate increase.
"Covered California and many carriers, doctors, hospitals and other providers we work with are in it for the long haul", Lee said. "In other words, you could have your own policy, but you couldn't have your employer pay for it", Fund said.
It's when they must sign contracts to participate in Obamacare next year.