On the heels of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) reaching a bipartisan agreement on a key healthcare proposal, Delta Dental sponsored an event with Axios to discuss what’s next in healthcare. With nearly 200 attendees, Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Senator Alexander joined Mike Allen, co-founder of Axios, to share their vision of what’s to come.

President Trump Intends To Review Alexander-Murray Proposal “Carefully”, Possibly Add To Proposal, Senator Alexander Says. “President Trump is not ready yet to endorse a bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare’s exchanges, according to the lead Republican sponsor of the package. ‘He intends to review it carefully and see if he wants to add to it,’ said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., at an Axios event in Washington Wednesday. Trump and Alexander spoke on Wednesday morning before the event and Alexander said Trump wants to be encouraging on the deal that emerged on Tuesday.” (Robert King, “Trump not ready to sign on to Obamacare deal”, Washington Examiner, 10/18/17)

Senator Cassidy Still Believes Graham-Cassidy Is A Better Deal Than Alexander-Murray. “Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told Axios’ Mike Allen that he plans to push his joint health care bill with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) forward again in 2018, noting that the second time around he thinks it will pass not only among his own party, [but] with Democrats too. ‘Obviously there are things that have to change… we’re going to socialize it… Sen. Kaine was right, there should’ve been a better process.’ His bottom line: ‘We think our way is better’ than Alexander-Murray. ‘We could have more coverage under Graham-Cassidy than under the status quo.'” (Alayna Treene, “Cassidy: We’ll retry our health bill in 2018”, Axios, 10/18/17)

Senator Kaine Predicts Alexander-Murray Will Pass As Part Of Federal Spending Bill In December 2017. “Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told Axios’ Mike Allen Wednesday that he predicts the bipartisan Alexander-Murray health care bill ‘will pass as some part of a must-pass piece of legislation,’ but not as a stand-alone bill. Kaine said he expects it will move forward with the federal spending bill in December.” (Alayna Treene, “Kaine: I think Alexander-Murray will pass”, Axios, 10/18/17)

Lawmaker discussions were accompanied by remarks from Delta Dental on its efforts to expand access to dental care across the U.S.; specifically, how oral health care can help Americans achieve optimal overall health.

Full coverage of the event is below.

Alayna Treene, Axios, “ Alexander: Trump engineered the bipartisan health bill”

Alayna Treene, Axios, “Cassidy: We’ll retry our health bill in 2018”

Alayna Treene, Axios, “Kaine: I think Alexander-Murray will pass”

Jessie Hellmann, The Hill, “ Alexander: Trump called him on ObamaCare fix bill”

Robert Pear & Thomas Kaplan, The New York Times, “Trump Qualifies Support for Senate Deal to Fund Health Subsidies”

Associated Press, “Health care deal sponsor says Trump has offered his encouragement”

Robert King, Washington Examiner, “Trump not ready to sign on to Obamacare deal”