ACA discussed by West Virginia, Ohio senators

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(CNN) - Update: 4/4/2019

After President Trump suggested Republicans might work on an Obamacare alternative, that idea was rejected. At least one area senator, who once voted to repeal it-believes a fix might be a more realistic alternative.

"I think we're probably at the point where fixing it is the most realistic aspect of it," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) told us this week. "I would like to have a bipartisan fix here so we can do what's in the best interests of our constituents."

A fix-rather than a repeal-is something Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has advocated all along. This week on CNN, Manchin still voiced concern challenges to the act might result in the loss of the portion dealing with pre-existing conditions.

"And we thought that was inhumane, most people thought it was inhumane," Manchin told CNN Tuesday. "Most Democrats and Republicans think it's inhumane to throw it back to, 'I'm sorry, this is your cap and your limit. If you get any sicker than this, if it costs more than this, we cut you off.'"

Meanwhile, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is among the sponsors of separate legislation for what's called a "public option". Brown says the current discussion has no bearing on that action.

"It's a reaction to one thing, that a whole lot of people aren't happy with their health insurance, or don't have any at all," Brown told us Thursday. "They would like a Medicare-like, Medicaid-like program to go into, that treats them with dignity and respect, and actually delivered health care."

In all, it appears health care will remain an issue through the 2020 election.


A federal judge issued an order Sunday that the Affordable Care Act will remain in effect during appeal.

Texas District Judge Reed O’Connor said in his ruling "many everyday Americans would otherwise face great uncertainty during the pendency of appeal."

It comes after the judge declared the Affordable Care Act's individual coverage mandate unconstitutional earlier this month.

He ruled the individual coverage mandate of the law, popularly known as "Obamacare," was unconstitutional. And said therefore, the law cannot stand.

The invalidation of the law threw the future of health coverage for millions of Americans on the ACA exchanges and in Medicaid expansion into doubt.

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