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A Bipartisan Obamacare Breakthrough

A pair of key senators has reached a deal to stabilize the law, but Republican leaders in Congress—not to mention President Trump—could still sink its prospects.
Source: Susan Walsh / AP

Updated on October 17 at 5:42 p.m. ET

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Congress may fix what President Trump tried to break.

Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Patty Murray of Washington state announced a tentative agreement on Tuesday that would shore up Obamacare’s shaky insurance exchanges, offering the first glimmer of bipartisan dealmaking after months of GOP attempts to rip out the law.

The accord between Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate health committee, and Murray, the panel’s top Democrat, would restore for two years the payments to insurance companies that Trump last week. And in what Senate Minority

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