Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Republicans revise healthcare bill for the benefit of old Americans

Republicans revise healthcare bill for the benefit of old Americans

"That may be the case and that's why as it works through this legislative process, we're looking at it and working with our legislative colleagues to make certain that we've got the kind of plan that actually works for people in the real world - something that the previous administration didn't do", Price said responding to Cassidy's concerns.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan expects changes to Trump's proposed NIH budget cuts Ryan on healthcare plan: "We're right where we want to be" Sunday shows preview: Healthcare, White House budget in spotlight MORE on Sunday said he is feeling optimistic about the prospects of passing the GOP healthcare plan.

"We're keeping our promise", Ryan said.

The healthcare overhaul is the major legislative initiative of US President Donald Trump.

"It's exactly where we want to be", he said".

Under Obamacare, insurers can charge only three times more.

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

Ryan said there are always improvements being made until the bill is brought to the floor.

"If it needs more beefing up... for folks who are low-income, between 50 and 64 years of age, that's something we've talked about, that's something we've entertained", Price told ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".

"It's a fine needle that needs to be threaded", Price said.

"The current House bill, as drafted, I do not believe it would pass the Senate", Sen. But it wasn't clear until Sunday that the change would take the form of more financial assistance for seniors - rather than, say, moving the bill in an even more conservative direction, as some House Republicans have demanded. He noted that the CBO projected that the bill would cause premiums to rise as much as 20% during the first two years before they start going down.

The Speaker said Republicans made a promise to the American people to "repeal and replace this faulty collapsing law".

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