Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper: Alexander-Murray Bill “Restores Sanity” to Market

Oct 25, 2017
Press Release
CBO: Bipartisan Bill Would Fund Important Subsidies and Keep Americans Insured

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today celebrated the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s evaluation of Sen. Lamar Alexander’s bipartisan health stabilization bill.

“We have a bipartisan agreement that keeps people insured and restores sanity to the market,” Rep. Cooper said. “It’s a small step and we need to continue fixing the Affordable Care Act.”

Drafted with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Alexander’s bipartisan bill would fund key insurance subsidies for low-income Americans, according to CBO. Additionally, CBO said, the bill would keep Americans covered.

President Trump recently said he would attempt to cancel the subsidies, but he has also expressed openness to Sen. Alexander’s proposal.

Nearly 60 percent of all marketplace enrollees in Tennessee 118,901 people benefit from the subsidies. That includes 18,588 Davidson County residents; 1,281 Dickson County residents; and 919 Cheatham County residents in 2016.