Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Ryan Looks to Thursday Health Care Vote With More Elder Pay Help

Ryan Looks to Thursday Health Care Vote With More Elder Pay Help

"We believe that we do need to add some additional assistance to people in those older cohorts", Ryan said of the bill, known as the American Health Care Act, on "Fox News Sunday".

Ryan defined the group as people in their 50s and 60s who typically face higher health care costs than those in their 20s or 30s.

The plan has been flatly rejected by Democrats, while moderate Republicans fear it doesn't do enough to help vulnerable populations, while conservatives argue it doesn't go far enough to undo government intrusion into healthcare.

Ryan and President Trump have been scrambling for days to try to salvage the House GOP plan to replace Obamacare with a more conservative, market-oriented approach and the gradual phasing out of expanded Medicaid coverage in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

"I feel like it's exactly where we want to be, and the reason I feel so good about this is because the President has become a great closer", he said.

Ryan said that proposed changes to the health-care system that would occur outside of the bill also would lower payments. Speaking on the "Fox News Sunday" television program, he added that leaders were working to address concerns that had been raised by rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation.

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.

But the GOP healthcare plan has faced strong resistance from conservative lawmakers, some of whom have dubbed the proposal "ObamaCare lite".

Price said the administration plans to test and then keep the bill provisions that benefit patients and drive down insurance costs.

"We're going to make good on that promise", he said.

Representative Mark Meadows, the chairman of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the bill would "absolutely not" pass the way it is now.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said she was concerned about a report from the Congressional Budget Office that said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade.

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