Paul Ryan is looking to squeeze a little more out of House Republicans' health care bill, amid outcry that the measure leaves older Americans out in the cold, reports Politico. For lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits, "We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does".
Among the other changes Ryan says are under consideration are allowing states to impose a work requirement for Medicaid recipients and allowing states to accept a block grant for Medicaid.
Ryan said he's also impressed with how President Trump is helping the GOP to "close this bill". As the bill now stands, older, poorer Americans will have far less help from Republican tax credits starting in 2020 than they get through Obamacare subsidies. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said in a Facebook post Saturday night that while he believes the Affordable Care Act is "broken", he wouldn't vote for the Republican bill in its current form, citing its impact on the "single most important issue plaguing" his constituents, "opioid abuse prevention, treatment and recovery".
During a Sunday interview, Wallace said that 24 million fewer Americans overall would have insurance under the Ryan plan in 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). "There's no doubt about it", Price responded, acknowledging changes made to the bill to win over conservatives could scare off moderate Republicans.
"And the reason I feel so good about this is the president has become a great closer". "He is the one who has helped negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus".
"I simply think that it's not going to work to bring down premiums for working Arkansans and working Americans all across the country", Cotton said.
"It's a fine needle that needs to be thread, there's no doubt about it", Price told ABC's "This Week". "We need to roll up our sleeves and focus on fixing those problems, rather than trying to rush to some arbitrary deadline". "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns".