Paul Ryan: AHCA has to do more for older Americans
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 14:14
"We're still having conversations with our members", Ryan (R-Wis.) said on "Fox News Sunday".
"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.
Host Chris Wallace used an example from the Congressional Budget Office report that said a 64-year-old making $26,500 annually would owe up to $1700 in out-of-pocket expenses under the Affordable Care Act; that same 64 year-old would owe up to $14,600 in out-of-pocket expenses under Ryan's American Health Care Act, over half their income.
"My fear is that a year from now people are going to come back and we're going to have all the same arguments that insurance premiums are still going through the roof and we still have a mess", he said.
There's been no shortage of organizations throwing their weight against Ryan's American Health Care Act since it was released on March 6 - including Planned Parenthood advocates, Democrats in congress, and House conservatives who think it doesn't go far enough. Lawmakers plan to have the healthcare legislation on the House floor this Thursday, Ryan said.
Ryan argued that Obamacare was "not going to last", and he agreed that older people were not getting enough assistance under his plan.
Under Obamacare, insurers can charge only three times more.
He emphasized that until the bill is on the floor for a vote, "we are always making improvements".
In a separate interview Sunday on "This Week", Stephanopoulos asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about Paul's proposal for a "clean repeal" of Obamacare and a "wide open debate" about how to replace it. Yes, the GOP is keeping its promise - to make sure elderly folks depart this earth as quickly as possible, and the only coverage we'll have is the dirt covering our dead bodies.
"So, you're going to change the plan?"
Price said that would "place vulnerable people at risk".
The House plan has also received criticism from Republican senators, including Sen.