Rand Paul says GOP health care bill unlikely to pass in Congress

WASHINGTON-House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday expressed confidence that the Republican health-care plan will pass the House later this week, saying his party's lawmakers are working to make changes to the bill to address remaining concerns, including providing more assistance to older Americans.

"Today I had a productive discussion with President Trump about a number of conservative reforms to improve the proposed House Republican health care bill".

"It's not surprising voters are skeptical about the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare", Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducted the survey with Chris Anderson, D-Tenn., told Fox News.

Paul added that the House GOP plan doesn't "fix the fundamental problem of Obamacare", which he said are the mandates on insurance companies. This is going to be great for people.

Some 24 million fewer people would be covered by 2026.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), who represents a suburban Philadelphia district that has been heavily targeted by Democrats, said in a Facebook post that he was most concerned that the legislation would roll back efforts to prevent and treat opioid abuse.

"It's a dead health care plan".

"We believe we should have even more assistance, and that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in the 50s and 60s because they experience higher health-care costs", he said.

Under the GOP plan, older people who are not yet eligible for Medicare stand to be the biggest losers. It ends health care subsidies and makes it harder for older Americans to afford coverage.

He emphasized that until the bill is on the floor for a vote, "We are always making improvements". House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black, R-Tenn., right, joined at left by Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., and panel staff member Jim Bates, center, works on the Republican health care bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thu. Officials, who closed nearby streets, did not say whether he actually had a bomb, CNN reported. I was particularly pleased that our discussion led to the president's support for creating optional Medicaid block grants; incentivizing the implementation of work requirements for able-bodied, non-disabled, childless adults; and preventing tax credits from being used to pay for elective abortions. And I promise you, in a year, the insurance markets will still be unraveling ...

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