Ryan: Health Bill Owes More to Older Americans

Ryan: Health Bill Owes More to Older Americans

Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people.

"I have read the American Health Care Act and can not support the bill in its current form", said Thompson.

Moderate Republicans have also expressed concerns about the bill, and their worries are often not the same as that of conservatives.

It looks like their message is getting through. The bill is set to hit the House floor on Thursday.

"We believe that we do need to add some additional assistance to people in those older cohorts", Ryan said of the bill, known as the American Health Care Act, on "Fox News Sunday".

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price acknowledged the White House is open to the proposed changes for older Americans and Medicaid.

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.

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"This bill doesn't come close to achieving the goal of allowing low-income seniors to purchase health insurance", Collins said, according to the media outlet The Hill. It would shrink the tax credits they use to help buy insurance and it would increase their premiums because the bill allows insurers to charge more as people age and become more susceptible to health problems.

Trump won the support of several conservative House members on Friday when he agreed to make changes to the Medicaid portion of the bill, including giving states the option of instituting a work requirement on childless, able-bodied adults who receive the benefit.

For example, a 64-year-old making $26,500 would see premiums increase from $1,700 to $14,600, the CBO found.

The new House health insurance bill is a loser. That's because the GOP plan would offer only $4,900 in tax credits, compared to $13,600 under Obamacare subsides.

On Sunday, Ryan said he believed the CBO analysis was not accurate because Obamacare wouldn't be able to last 10 years.

"I would say, this is the very, very beginning of the budget process", he said. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect peoples' improvements".

"We feel like we're on track", Ryan said, "and we're right where we want to be".

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