Here's How Republicans Plan to Revamp Their Obamacare Replacement Bill
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 23:47
Meanwhile, a key conservative senator said White House officials were continuing to negotiate through the weekend on even more dramatic revisions to the bill in hopes of winning over hard-liners who have threatened to tank the legislation. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House's No. 3 Republican and the leader responsible for rounding up votes, wrote Sunday night to his whip team that the "next few days could define us for years to come". "And that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs", said Ryan.
"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", Ryan said yesterday of the bill's proposed tax-credit structure. Here is the central prize: "If we lower premiums, and hopefully lower them a lot, that is a victory for the American people".
The Wisconsin Republican says "we believe we should offer more assistance than what the bill now does" and that it's one of several possible revisions to help round up enough House votes for the bill.
House Speaker Ryan disputed the comparison, saying it suggests the same plans the ACA established will be available in a decade.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that under the GOP plan, a 64-year-old with an income of $26,500 would pay $14,600 in yearly out of pocket costs.
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. But he acknowledged that the GOP bill would probably have to change.
Democrats have been heavily critical of the new health care plan while conservative Republicans have described it as 'Obamacare-lite'.
Paul said Monday to a group of Louisville business leaders that he hoped the Republican bill would fail so that "true negotiations" could begin.
Paul noted that he passed out notes based on Trump's book "The Art of the Deal" at a meeting he had with Freedom Caucus members last week: "We need to learn from the master, and let's make sure that we increase our leverage by holding the line".
Trump will likely try to appeal to more Republicans during an appearance at the conference's weekly meeting.
Ryan said that proposed changes to the health-care system that would occur outside of the bill also would lower payments. A CBO report said many older people would receive less aid under the bill than under current law - a major concern to many wavering lawmakers.
"I feel very good about it, actually, I feel like it's exactly where we want to be", Ryan said, noting that President Donald Trump is a "great closer" who has helped to bring other Republicans on board.