Senator Mark Warner unveiled targeted proposals to fix some of ObamaCare's biggest flaws Thursday, but Warner's "fixes" could also be a move to fix his support the ACA, a law that is still deeply unpopular.
We spoke to Warner via a phone / satellite interview, available below:
The proposed Warner fixes come in three parts:
1) A cheaper health plan known as the Copper Plan. It's pitched as a lower-cost, higher deductible option for consumers. "This will also cover the essential health benefits and consumer protections required of all health care plans offered through the Affordable Care Act," Warner said.
2) Insurance coverage across state lines. This largely started out as a Republican idea, in order to increase competition in the marketplace.
3) Easier reporting requirements for employers. The third proposal removes burdens for employers, reporting the hours worked by employees.
When asked about the politics of the move, Warner said his changes are not spurred by polls putting ObamaCare's favorability at 46 percent. Rather, the ideas came after listening to consumers and businesses that needed more coverage options.
"“Before, during and after the debate over health care reform, I consistently said that The Affordable Care Act was not perfect," Warner said. "Congress would have to revisit the ACA to correct problems for consumers and employers as this new, improved system was implemented.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office was unmoved by the proposals.
"Creating chaos and uncertainty does not help families or individuals who have seen their plans canceled," Cantor said in his latest comments concerning ObamaCare. "It's time for Democrats to stop trying to hide their failures under the rug, and for them to start working with Republicans to solve these problems on behalf of the American people."