Alexander, Inhofe, Murray

The short-term insurance CRA (S. J. Res. 63)

Senator Alexander: (10:57 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the short-term insurance CRA.
    • "A rule can't change a law. It couldn't if it tried. That's one thing. The second thing is the rule which the senator from Wisconsin seeks to overturn is the same rule that was in effect during all of President Obama's term. President Obama's administration allowed one year of short-term plans for people who couldn't afford insurance, couldn't find it anywhere else, who might be between jobs. Even after the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, President Obama and the Democratic Congress thought it was a good enough idea to allow these short-term plans to continue that they kept them in the law."

 

Senator Inhofe: (11:08 a.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "We started this and we made a commitment at that time that we would actually have a WRDA bill every two years, and we didn't do that. Up until 2014 - 2014, we had gone since 2007 - since when we had one, and this needs to be done to keep our water infrastructure going, the things that we're supposed to be doing in this - so we did it in 2014, 2016, and now we'll do the 2018 bill, and that's what we're supposed to be doing. The great way to keep up the productive momentum that we've sooner in congress leading up to the mid-term elections, delivering on President Trump's promises, the WRDA bill is another great example of what can happen when we work with our friends across the aisle on issues that affect every state of our nation."

 

Senator Murray: (11:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the short-term insurance CRA.
    • "His decision to expand junk insurance plans actually gives insurance companies more power to sell plans that ignore protections for people with preexisting conditions. It gives insurance companies more power to discriminate based on age or on sex. It gives insurance companies even more power to avoid covering important medical needs like emergency care or mental health care, prescription drugs, or even maternity care. And this rule lets insurance companies spend less money on patients directly and more money on excessive administrative costs and executive bonuses. This new rule shows how empty President Trump's promises are when it comes to preexisting conditions."