Paul Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

After Paul Ryan Admits Obamacare Plan Needs Changes, Conservatives Hope to Strike Deal Uniting Party

Wheels spinning as GOP looks for traction on health bill

The new willingness to compromise was a bid for more support from moderate Republicans, who expressed continuing unease about the plan to replace Barack Obama's health law unless significant changes were made. But he declined to commit to bringing the measure to the House floor next week, a schedule Republican leaders have repeatedly said they meant to keep. "You're right in saying - and we agree - we believe we should have even more assistance and that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in their 50s and 60s". "This is exactly where we want to be", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday". "It's that your plan makes it unaffordable for people".

The Republican bill would kill much of Obama's health care law, including tax penalties for people who don't buy insurance and its expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor. Rep. Aguilar condemned House Republicans for their disastrous plan that will penalize families like Daria's while rewarding the super-rich, and he challenged Republican leaders to face the families that this health care bill would punish. It estimated that 24 million people of all ages would lose coverage over 10 years.

"We're keeping our promise", Ryan said. Republican members are expected to propose revisions to help smooth the bill's passage through the House.

"We think that we should be offering even more assistance than what the bill now does", he said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the Trump administration was open to changes to address the effects on older Americans and other concerns.

He repeatedly lauded President Trump's effort to garner support among congressional Republicans. In its 11th hour negotiations, Trump and his top deputies have made compromises to appease the GOP's most conservative faction. But moderate Republicans are balking over the CBO's findings that millions more people would lack coverage even while premiums in many cases could rise. Ryan said that lawmakers are changing the bill to provide better tax credits for older Americans - and added that they're also considering whether to allow states to institute a work requirement for Medicaid. He joins GOP Rep. John Katko, from a closely divided district in upstate NY, who cited inadequate insurance access and cost controls. Had one more Republican joined them, the measure would have failed in what would have been a damaging, embarrassing - but not fatal - blow to the measure. The condition would apply to healthy people with no dependents, a White House official said.

GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME, for example, said this week that she could not support the House bill in its current form, particularly because of its effects on the ability of low-income seniors to afford health insurance. Ted Cruz of Texas said Sunday he wouldn't vote for it as is.

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