Home » USA

Ryan Confident About Health Plan's Passage, After Change To Help Seniors

20 March, 2017, 09:25 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • Ryan huddles with GOP factions on healthcare bill

Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged today that his health-care proposal must change to pass the House, and said he is prepared to change it.

According to the Daily Beast, a newsletter sent by President Donald Trump's administration featured a story by Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri and headlined, "Trump's budget makes flawless sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why".

"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.

"We believe we should have even more assistance".

"I think Thursday is most likely the day to bring it forward", the Wisconsin Republican told "Fox News Sunday". "It's that your plan makes it unaffordable for people". Among the bill's provisions is an increase in so-called age banding, allowing older people to be charged up to five times the premiums for younger individuals; current law sets a 3:1 maximum on age banding.

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. The report found that 24 million people would become uninsured by 2026.

"When the vote comes up, that's when it will be a binary choice", Mr. Ryan said.

The House bill - called the American Health Care Act - would repeal major elements of former President Barack Obama's law, create a new, leaner system of tax credits for health insurance, and cap future federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people. "It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work, and we need to roll up our sleeves and focus on fixing those problems rather than trying to rush to some arbitrary deadline".

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also said legislative revisions were possible.

"We like the process because it's the regular order process".

He repeatedly lauded President Trump's effort to garner support among congressional Republicans. It landed as Republican moderates and conservatives in the House remained split, and senators expressed reservations. He joins GOP Rep. John Katko, from a closely divided district in upstate NY, who cited inadequate insurance access and cost controls.

If the healthcare bill were to pass the House, it also would face significant challenges in the Senate.

To ensure a good reception from moderate hold-outs, a revised plan presumably would have to be more generous with tax credits and/or Medicaid. Ted Cruz of Texas said Sunday he wouldn't vote for it as is.

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, left, and Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., work on the Republican health care bill in the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March, 16, 2017.

"Those are all things that we are working", he said.

"We're not going to make people buy something that's so expensive that they can't afford, that the market is not going to offer", the Speaker insisted.

Democrats have been heavily critical of the new health care plan while conservative Republicans have described it as 'Obamacare-lite'.

The calls follow a TV ad blitz launched last week, part of of a $10 million campaign in favor of Obamacare repeal by the American Action Network, based in Washington, D.C.

RYAN: Yes, I feel very good about actually.

Recommended:

  • Trump's first budget plan is a great start

    Trump's first budget plan is a great start

    Besides the VA, Trump's budget would increase funds for the departments of Defense and Homeland Security . "It is a potential funding source for any of the large scale projects ", she said .
    Massive Opening Weekend For

    Massive Opening Weekend For "Beauty And The Beast"

    The film, directed by Oscar victor Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film, cost 160 million USA dollars to make. Last week's top film, Warner Bros.' " Kong: Skull Island ", slid to second place with $28.9 million in its second week.
    Trump prods Germany over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

    Trump prods Germany over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

    Merkel's visit to Washington followed Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny's meeting with Trump on Thursday. If you're going to make sure you shake a hand with a global dignitary, she's the one you want to grip.
  • Jadeja's All-Round Record & Pujara Beats Kohli on Day 4

    Jadeja's All-Round Record & Pujara Beats Kohli on Day 4

    India need eight balls to wrap it up whereas Australia need to first wipe off the deficit before they can look to set anything. India have put themselves in a dominant position thanks to the exploits of Pujara, Saha and later Jadeja on day 4.
    Waiting For April The Giraffe To Give Birth (Live Link)

    Waiting For April The Giraffe To Give Birth (Live Link)

    Physically, handlers said April's appetite is strong, and her belly has noticeably dropped further. Watch the live stream below (NOTE: weather conditions may cause intermittent disruptions).
    Audra McDonald from 'Beauty and the Beast'

    Audra McDonald from 'Beauty and the Beast'

    Speaking of Gaston: I'd be mistaken if I didn't say that LeFou ( Josh Gad ) - his air headed yes-man - was absolutely hilarious. Emma Watson , Beauty And The Beast's live action Belle, is set to rake in big bucks on the back of the film's success.
  • Latest leak reveals Galaxy S8 colours, pricing

    Latest leak reveals Galaxy S8 colours, pricing

    Samsung is widely believed to be revealing the phone to the public on March 28 at a special Unpacked event in NY . However, there are some aspects where the older Samsung flagship beats the newer device.
    Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham said to be battling to sign England man

    Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham said to be battling to sign England man

    He is fantastic , there are so few 23-year-olds who are that powerful and successful with that track record. But this is a message for everybody; the manager and Everton is trying to get the best team it can.
    North Korea's rocket engine test

    North Korea's rocket engine test

    A North Korean military unit tasked with striking USA bases in Japan was involved in those launches, the state news agency said. North Korea has dominated Tillerson's agenda, with Washington seeking new ways to scupper Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
  • Sniper Elite 4's First DLC Releases Next Week

    Sniper Elite 4's First DLC Releases Next Week

    But his primary mission concerns the secret Manhattan Project: To retrieve a critical, mysterious package codenamed Deathstorm . There will also be some promised free content for everyone arriving on the same day in the form of a brand new map and mode.
    Guerin Emig: Kansas' Josh Jackson spectacular in his basketball sanctuary

    Guerin Emig: Kansas' Josh Jackson spectacular in his basketball sanctuary

    The Jayhawks led 54-53 with 12 minutes to play when Jackson recognized he was isolated against Spartans reserve Kyle Aherns. A healthy off-season of development for McQuaid and Kyle Ahrens should help them take the next step towards consistency.
    Jets meeting with free agent QB Josh McCown

    Jets meeting with free agent QB Josh McCown

    This is a potential sign that McCown could join the Jets as their third quarterback (and likely Week 1 starter in 2017). According to sources free-agent quarterback Josh McCown will meet with the New York Jets on Friday and Saturday.


Popular

Erdogan urges parliament to bring back death penalty
Turkey's threats don't stop there. "Those who cross the line cannot assume that they can propagate their political views here". The last-minute cancellation indicates tempers could get hotter and the Turkish-German relationship perhaps even cooler.

Latest alleged Samsung Galaxy S8 leak shows colors, pricing
Meanwhile, a reference to "Bixby" has appeared on Samsung Italy's website, indicating the imminent arrival of the AI assistant. The photos come via the KK Sneak Leaks Twitter account (via), and show what looks to be a prototype of the upcoming Galaxy S8.

U.S. industrial production flat in February as utilities' output falls
Mining production, which includes oil drilling, increased 2.7 percent, reflecting another solid gain in oil and gas well drilling. The prior month was revised to a 0.1 percent drop from a previously reported 0.3 percent decline.

Wouldn't Be Here Right Now If Not For Twitter: Donald Trump
Fox News , known for its conservative opinions, nonetheless quickly denied that it had any reporting to support Trump's claim. The first denounced " the FAKE NEWS " for what he said was mistaken coverage of a "GREAT" meeting with Merkel.

Idea-Vodafone announce merger; combined entity to be biggest teleco in India
The merged company will be the largest with about 387 million users in the country. The promoters of Idea Cellular have the sole right to appoint the chairman.