Good morning ... Can the Senate still work together on basic things, like fixing the Affordable Care Act markets? The answer is: Yes. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray have a track record of bipartisan work, and they sound determined to do it again.
Can they keep the toxic ACA politics out of it and just pass a nice, easy package? We're going to go out on a limb: No.
What we're watching today: The wait for a Trump decision on CSR payments continues. Also, Humana earnings call, before markets open; Molina Healthcare earnings call, after markets close.
What we're watching this week: Aetna earnings call, Thursday before markets open. Cigna earnings call, Friday before markets open.
What we're watching in September: Hearings on Alexander and Murray's ACA stabilization bill, week of Sept. 4.
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