Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Paul Ryan confident GOP's health overhaul will pass this week

Paul Ryan confident GOP's health overhaul will pass this week

Leadership finally began to see some movement Friday when members of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) said they would support the bill, after President Trump ensured two significant changes would be added.

Later on Sunday, Ryan told Fox News that he was optimistic about the chances of passing the plan.

"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan told Fox News Sunday of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.

The analysis released last week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that the House Republican plan would provide less assistance to older, low-income Americans than Obamacare while allowing insurers to charge older customers up to five times more than younger consumers. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) - that they agree with some of their demands in principle, according to several sources familiar with the discussions.

The House was expected to vote Thursday on the GOP-backed health care bill. "President Trump said this is one big, fat negotiation".

He emphasized that until the bill is on the floor for a vote, "we are always making improvements".

Ryan's declaration that more would be done to help older Americans came after a third House moderate said Saturday that he could not support the bill "in its current form".

But he said that was one concern of many, and lawmakers from across the GOP's ideological spectrum have expressed fears that the American Health Care Act will not drive down prices. But he acknowledged that the GOP bill would probably have to change. Among the many criticisms levied against the bill, some are concerned that it doesn't do enough to protect seniors and low-income Americans from rising health-care costs.

Ryan said that proposed changes to the health-care system that would occur outside of the bill also would lower payments.

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.

Many hard-line conservatives have pushed for a more complete repeal of Obama's law, including its requirement that policies cover a long list of services, which they say drives up premiums.

"We're still having conversations with our members", Ryan said. Republicans need at least 19 of them to vote yes in order for the measure to pass. "We're making fine tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect people's improvements", he told Mr. Wallace, adding he is impressed at how President Donald Trump is "helping us close this bill".

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