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Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

21 March, 2017, 03:32 | Author: Mae Harvey
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"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.

"We believe we should have even more assistance - and that's one of the things we're looking at - for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher healthcare costs", he said on the "Fox News Sunday" television program.

In a sign of deepening concern among Republicans about the bill's future, Trump on Tuesday will speak to the party's lawmakers in Congress about the healthcare overhaul, two House Republican aides said.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she would not vote for the measure without additional changes to provide more aid to older Americans. It would shrink the tax credits they use to help buy insurance and it would increase their premiums because the bill allows insurers to charge more as people age and become more susceptible to health problems.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters on Monday new language was expected on taxes and Medicaid provisions in an effort to move the bill to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Thursday.

Ryan however, apparently, believes that Trump has what it takes to clinch the necessary votes, describing the president as "a great closer", and praising him for negotiating changes to the health care plan.

As proposed, the plan would result in 24 million people losing their insurance in the next decade, with the majority of those impacted being lower income and poor folks.

Three of Pennsylvania's 13 congressional Republicans have said they plan to vote "no" on the bill, each citing different reasons. Skeptical Senate Republicans, like Ted Cruz of Texas, said the current legislation is dead on arrival. Despite concerns from conservatives and moderates alike, GOP leaders have remained bullish that the bill will pass.

"I don't think they have the votes now", Paul told Cavuto later.

Trump rallied supporters Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky, alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after meetings and phone calls in Washington aimed at steadying the troubled legislation created to erase President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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