After House lawmakers left a conference meeting Monday evening to discuss the omnibus funding bill, several Republicans said the ObamaCare bailout intended to help reduce premiums will not be included in the House’s government funding bill, according to a report from The Hill.
The two kinds of payments are cost-sharing reductions, which reimburse insurers for discounts to low-income enrollees, and reinsurance, which covers the costs of some especially sick enrollees. Both payments are aimed at lowering premiums.
The bailout payments were reportedly left out over disagreements with Democrats about abortion restrictions known as the Hyde Amendment. Republicans insisted that the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions, be applied to the ObamaCare funds, which were intended to lower premiums.
Democrats want the ObamaCare subsidies and funding for abortion as well. Since an agreement could not be reached, the ObamaCare subsidies were completely left out.
Republicans say they just want to include standard Hyde language that Congress has approved for decades. But Democrats say applying those restrictions to the ObamaCare funds would be an expansion of the Hyde Amendment that would prevent federal funds from going to any insurer that offered abortion coverage at all.
Some Republicans erupted into cheers and applause when GOP leaders announced they would hold the line when it comes to insisting Hyde language be attached to any new ObamaCare payments, according to a person in the room.
Multiple Republicans in the House say that Obamacare stabilization measures aren’t in Omni at present because of the fight over Hyde.
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) March 19, 2018