J. Denny Weaver: Ryan's health care bill reveals his values

So does Club for Growth, an influential conservative group, which sent out a news release Thursday thanking the three House conservatives who voted against "RyanCare" in the House Budget Committee.

Ryan said Sunday he feels "very good" about his Obamacare replacement's prospects for passage this week, saying President Trump is a "great closer" who will bring enough Republicans on board with the plan.

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.

"We believe we should have even more assistance". For lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits, "We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does".

Not all conservatives are convinced about the bill.

He emphasized that until the bill is on the floor for a vote, "we are always making improvements".

The criticism from congressional Republicans and from outside conservative groups was not as expected. Again, if this bill were ideal, if it was the greatest thing for Democrats and Republicans, we would not get one Democrat vote.

He calls Obamacare "broken" and said the new bill should be patient-centered, but affordable.

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.

He then went on to say that the GOP is working on changes in the American Health Care Act that would allow federal block grants to states for Medicaid.

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

"Those are all things that we are working", he said. And Trump has been told that two separate amendments will add in some of his more popular proposals, such as allowing purchasing of plans across state lines. He joins GOP Rep. John Katko, from a closely divided district in upstate NY, who cited inadequate insurance access and cost controls.

With the Republicans not having the 60 votes required to end a filibuster, any bill featuring these reforms or a repeal would die in the Senate. But I will say that NIH is something that's particularly popular in Congress. ...

Trevor Noah took a trip down memory lane with his audience last week, rehashing old clips of a young Rep. Paul Ryan promising the country that he and the Republican Party had a better plan than Obamacare.

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