Baby steps. GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray have proposed a bipartisan agreement to stabilize U.S. health insurance markets by preserving federal payments to insurers for another two years. The subsidies were recently stopped by President Trump in what was seen as an effort to force a deal by penalizing low-income consumers. His action is expected to cause a hike in premiums. Trump indicated he’d support the senators’ “short-term solution,” but then reversed course. Either way, it still needs to pass both houses of Congress.