Republicans revamp US health bill, boost benefits to older Americans
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 4:02
What the expected changes will be remains unclear.
"It is very clear now to anyone that this plan wasn't well thought out nor did it have the support needed to get passed", said Chris Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax.com and a friend of Trump's.
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. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect people's improvements".
"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does" for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Mr Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.
Rep. Sean Duffy said Monday he doesn't think Republicans quite have the votes "yet" to pass legislation rolling back parts of Obamacare but predicted they'll get there with a little help from President Trump.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that he's looking to change the current version of the GOP replacement for Obamacare because the bill needs to do more to address the health care needs of older Americans. But whether he can reach that mark remains unclear.
Trump's aides and congressional Republicans spent the weekend trying to woo conservatives and moderate House members who have questioned the health care plan. They said states should agree to accept federal money to support expansion via per-person grants or through block grants.
North Carolina Republican Meadows said the changes being considered for the Medicaid program would not go far enough if they left it up to states to decide whether to put in place work requirement.
President Donald Trump's healthcare plan has key differences from the Affordable Care Act - which it will replace - but many similarities as well. "He is the one who has helped negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus". "The only valid critiques are those that recognize this bill does nothing to make people healthier", Kennedy said. If the poll of 1st Congressional District voters is any kind of indication, Republicans shouldn't assume their voters are fixated on repealing Obamacare. That age group tends to have more medical issues than younger adults and, thus, higher insurance costs, and the ACA forbids insurers to charge their oldest customers more than three times their rates for young adults - essentially having young adults cross-subsidize the cost of coverage for older ones. "The American Health Care Act takes crucial first steps toward eliminating harmful aspects of its predecessor".
On Sunday, Ryan said that portion of the analysis was not accurate, arguing that the Affordable Care Act wouldn't be able to last 10 years. But I will say that [the National Institutes of Health] is something that's particularly popular in Congress.