Lamar Alexander

  • masks Jun 30

    GOP Sen. Alexander Calls for Trump to ‘End Debate' Over Masks by Wearing One Himself

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he would like to see President Donald Trump wear a mask sometimes to signal to his “admirers” that wearing a mask is helpful to slowing down COVID-19.

  • coronavirus May 12

    Truth and Testing: Sens. Alexander, Murray Open Coronavirus Hearing

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., stressed the importance of testing in safely reopening America, while Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., stressed the importance of accurate information and the president’s apparent disregard for the truth as the Senate coronavirus hearing got underway.

  • Donald Trump Jul 7, 2019

    Congress Has Ambitious Agenda Tackling Health Care Costs

    Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Returning from their Fourth of July recess, the Senate and House are pushing to end surprise medical bills, curb high prices for medicines, and...

  • Donald Trump Jul 8, 2019

    Congress Has Ambitious Agenda Tackling Health Care Costs

    Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Returning from their Fourth of July recess, the Senate and House are pushing to end surprise medical bills, curb high prices for medicines, and...

  • Donald Trump Jun 1, 2019

    Taylor Swift Asks Tennessee Senator to Support Equality Act

    Taylor Swift says she’s kicking off Pride Month by asking Tennessee’s Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act. The pop star, who lives in Tennessee, posted a letter on social media early Saturday that she supported the House’s recent passage of the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people...

  • Donald Trump Mar 18, 2019

    Group With Consumer-Friendly Vibe Pushes Drugmakers' Message

    As ominous music plays in the background, the narrator of a radio ad echoes objections from drugmakers by warning that a Trump administration proposal to apply international pricing to certain Medicare drugs would be a nightmare for seniors. The one-minute spot is the handiwork of the Alliance for Patient Access, a nonprofit group that gives off a consumer-friendly vibe but...

  • Donald Trump Mar 16, 2019

    Trump Vetoes Congress' Measure Rebuking Border Order

    Unbowed by a congressional rebuke, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday in a demonstration that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term. Trump rejected an effort by Congress to block the emergency declaration he’d used to...

  • Donald Trump Feb 16, 2019

    Analysis: Shutdown Saga Offers Lesson in Divided Government

    When you want results in a polarized Washington, sometimes it pays to simply leave the professionals alone to do their jobs. That seems to especially be the case now in an era in which liberal House Democrats are sharing power in Washington with a GOP-led Senate and President Donald Trump. It’s a lesson relearned after a hard-won deal on border...

  • Congress Dec 17, 2018

    Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander Won't Seek a Fourth Term

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced Monday that he will not seek election to a fourth term. The state’s senior senator, Alexander has a solidly conservative voting record but is known in the halls of the Senate as a consensus-builder on policy. Under GOP term-limit rules, the next Congress, which begins in January, will be his last as chairman of the...

  • Department of Justice Jun 14, 2018

    Worker Protections Seen at Risk in Trump Health Care Shift

    The Trump administration’s latest move against “Obamacare” could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions for millions of people with employer coverage, particularly workers in small businesses, say law and insurance experts. At issue is Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision that the Justice Department will no longer defend key parts of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act in court. That...

  • Department of Justice Jun 14, 2018

    Worker Protections Seen at Risk in Trump Health Care Shift

    The Trump administration’s latest move against “Obamacare” could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions for millions of people with employer coverage, particularly workers in small businesses, say law and insurance experts. At issue is Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision that the Justice Department will no longer defend key parts of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act in court. That...

  • Donald Trump Mar 12, 2018

    Bids to Curb Health Care Costs Offer Little More Than Talk

    It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums. But Congress’ effort to stabilize the nation’s insurance markets is faltering amid escalating demands by each party and erratic positions by President Donald Trump. Democrats want bigger federal subsidies for consumers under President Barack Obama’s health care law while Republicans, still fighting that statute, aim to relax its...

  • Donald Trump Oct 26, 2017

    Premiums Rising 34 Percent for Most Popular Health Plan: Study

    Premiums for the most popular “Obamacare” plans are going up an average of 34 percent, according to a study out Wednesday that confirms dire predictions about the impact of political turmoil on consumers. Window-shopping on HealthCare.gov went live Wednesday, so across the country consumers going online can see the consequences themselves ahead of the Nov. 1 start of sign-up season...

  • Donald Trump Oct 25, 2017

    Bipartisan Health Care Bill Would Slash Deficit: Report

    A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets would slash the federal deficit by nearly $4 billion in the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday. The CBO determined the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act, sponsored by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, would shrink the deficit by $3.8 billion between...

  • Donald Trump Oct 25, 2017

    GOP Lawmakers Propose New Conditions on Health Bill

    Two top Republicans announced a bill Tuesday restoring federal subsidies to insurers while including tough conditions sought by the White House. Senate Democrats have enough votes to kill it, but the measure underscores the changes the Trump administration and congressional conservatives say they want in exchange for resuming the payments. The proposal seeks changes in President Barack Obama’s health care...

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2017

    Trump Shoots Down Retirement Limit to Pay for GOP Tax Cuts

    President Donald Trump shot down a possible approach for raising revenue to finance tax cuts in politically must-do legislation for the Republicans, promising Monday the popular 401(k) retirement savings program will be untouched....
    Still, the head of the House’s tax-writing committee indicated that changes to the 401(k) structure may still be on the table as Republicans push an ambitious timetable to...

  • Congress Oct 22, 2017

    Schumer: All 48 Democrats Support Health Deal

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that all 48 Senate Democrats support the health care deal negotiated between Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., NBC News reported. If Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., puts the bill on the floor, it would “pass overwhelming,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” After numerous attempts...

  • Donald Trump Oct 21, 2017

    Fact Check: Trump Misleads on Insurer Profits

    President Donald Trump has claimed that under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have “taken advantage of this country” and “made a fortune,” which he “stopped” by ending payments for cost-sharing subsidies on the ACA marketplaces. That’s misleading, at best, for several reasons.

  • Donald Trump Oct 20, 2017

    Top Dems Nix White House Demands to Alter Health Care Deal

    Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced an uphill path and this was the latest blow. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Trump administration was involved in the negotiations that produced the accord and “should...

  • Donald Trump Oct 20, 2017

    Bipartisan Plan to Curb Health Premiums Gets Strong Support

    A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. As the measure’s prospects grew, Republican frustration burst into the open over President Donald Trump’s erratic response to the plan. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington appeared together...

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