House GOP Considers Changes to Health-Care Bill

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Ryan said he believes the CBO analysis is not accurate but agreed that people in their 50s and 60s experience higher health care costs.

Ryan also said Republicans are working on changes that would allow federal block grants to states for Medicaid and adding a work requirement to the programme.

The lawmaker said he and conservative allies likely have a shot at killing the healthcare legislation, which would put them at odds with a White House that has nothing but good things to say about the Ryan bill. In order for it to pass the House, there can be no more than 21 Republican "no" votes.

A recent Congressional Budget Office estimate predicted that 24 million fewer Americans would have access to health care in a decade if the current GOP plan is implemented, with as many as 14 million of those people losing coverage, or access to coverage, in the first year alone.

Senator Tom Cotton, a conservative Arkansas Republican, said the bill would not reduce premiums for people on the private insurance market.

Dear Editor: Since resistance has grown and it will certainly be amended, it is not necessary to debate too many details of the Trump-Ryan health care plan that Paul Ryan presented recently.

President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare", seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill.

Three of Pennsylvania's 13 congressional Republicans have said they plan to vote "no" on the bill, each citing different reasons.

Another change that's being worked on: Expanding tax credits to older Americans.

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said.

Meadows told reporters Monday that the caucus will not take "official positions" on the health care vote - which could signal that leadership is picking off some votes from members of the conservative group.

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.

Ryan said that proposed changes to the health-care system that would occur outside of the bill also would lower payments.

  • Larry Hoffman