Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Paul Ryan: AHCA has to do more for older Americans

Paul Ryan: AHCA has to do more for older Americans

Those amendments include imposing a work requirement on many able-bodied adult Medicaid beneficiaries, retooling the plan's refundable tax credit subsidies to provide greater assistance to older and low-income people, and granting states the option of receiving federal Medicaid funding in the future through a block grant program giving them more flexibility in how they spend the money and determine eligibility rules. Republicans hold a majority in the chamber but can not afford to have more than 21 defections for the measure to pass. Complicating matters further is Trump himself, who once again threw a wrench into the proceedings when he told Carlson that he wouldn't accept legislation that hurt the American public-the same promise he made on the campaign trail and promptly broke when he helped Ryan outline his bill. The vice president added he's aware of concerns with the plan, but he reassured people the administration is listening and working with Congress to improve the proposal. That age group tends to have more medical issues than younger adults and, thus, higher insurance costs, and the ACA forbids insurers to charge their oldest customers more than three times their rates for young adults - essentially having young adults cross-subsidize the cost of coverage for older ones. We will take care of our people, or I'm not signing it.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson asked Trump about this problem on his show last night, and Trump. seemd to admit that he knows his bill screws over his voters.

Amid the maneuvering, a government report said more than 12 million people have signed up for coverage this year under the very statute that Republicans want to repeal.

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price acknowledged the White House is open to the proposed changes for older Americans and Medicaid. Heller's spokesman Mac Abrams said Friday that the senator said he can't support the bill as the House GOP has crafted it.

"Until we bring the bill to the floor we are always making improvement", Ryan said. "I can assure you that this bill needs to be changed, not only to pass the House, but certainly to pass the Senate as well". They're flat-out false in telling us you ran on this plan.

But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has worked closely with the hard-right bloc in the House, said on "This Week" that the bill was still short of a majority. And he noted that the CBO projected that the bill would cause premiums to rise at least 20% over the first two years before they start going down.

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