GOP Tweaks Healthcare Bill for Older Americans

GOP Tweaks Healthcare Bill for Older Americans

The GOP healthcare plan will be updated to include more generous tax credits for older Americans to buy insurance, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday, noting that he's confident it will pass because President Trump "has become a great closer". "We believe we should have even more assistance. for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs", Ryan told Fox News Sunday. The American Health Care Act will go to the Rules Committee next week and then to the House floor.

"We have to do something about the fact that the House bill disproportionately affects older, rural Americans", Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. That's because the GOP plan would offer only $4,900 in tax credits, compared to $13,600 under Obamacare subsides.

Ryan said Republican leaders still plan to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday.

Despite the tweaks Ryan said the bill needs, he added that he feels "very good" about the legislation's progress and where things now stand. "There's no doubt about it", Price responded, acknowledging changes made to the bill to win over conservatives could scare off moderate Republicans. "I feel like it's exactly where we want to be". "He's the one who has helped to negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus". Who is this young senator and why is he so opposed to President Trump's plan?

Cruz said during an appearance on the CBS's Face the Nation that the House bill falls far short of repealing all the Obamacare mandates and taxes, and that "it doesn't fix the problem" of rising premiums and overall costs to consumers.

"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.

"It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", Cotton said on CNN's "State of the Union".

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