Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Rep. Thompson will not vote in favor of proposed GOP healthcare bill

Rep. Thompson will not vote in favor of proposed GOP healthcare bill

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.

"I have read the American Health Care Act and can not support the bill in its current form", said Thompson.

But House Republicans want to eliminate that feature of the law, and the GOP bill would allow a five-to-one ratio as part of an attempt to attract more of the younger, healthier customers whom insurers want.

Ryan said the more generous tax credits will be among the changes the House Rules committee will take up this week in advance of a final House floor vote - planned for Thursday.

While Ryan said he felt "very good" about the health bill's prospects in the House, a leading conservative lawmaker, Representative Mark Meadows, told the C-Span "Newsmakers" program that there were now 40 Republican "no" votes in the House. A Congressional Budget Office review of the bill released on March 13 suggested there would be increases in out-of-pocket costs, especially for older people.

Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services, said the Trump administration was open to changes to address the effects on older Americans and other concerns. Addressing all the concerns is "what tough legislation looks like". To the extent that a change in tax credits makes healthcare more affordable for some people, insurers and hospitals could stand to benefit.

Meanwhile, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Meet the Press that the bill is too harsh; claiming that 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade. "He's the one who has helped negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus".

The GOP bill as now written offers a fixed tax credit for low- and middle-income Americans that rises by age. He joins GOP Rep. John Katko, from a closely divided district in upstate NY, who cited inadequate insurance access and cost controls. "I believe that the real negotiation begins when we stop them". "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect peoples' improvements".

"Until we bring the bill to the floor we are always making improvement", Ryan said.

Asked about the likelihood of passage, Ryan said, "I feel very good about it, actually".

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