Ryan: Trump Has 'Helped Negotiate Changes' As GOP Repeal Bill Nears Vote
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 0:25
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 think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.
Last Friday, the White House won support from conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) leaders by agreeing to give states the option to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients and to block grant Medicaid instead of the cap system in the bill.
"Just yesterday President Trump made it clear - he supports the bill 100 percent, and we all do", he said.
But the GOP healthcare plan has faced strong resistance from conservative lawmakers, some of whom have dubbed the proposal "ObamaCare lite".
Ryan said Republican leaders still plan to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday.
Moderate Republicans have also expressed concerns about the bill.
However, three conservative Republican senators - Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas - all insisted today that the House GOP plan is hopelessly flawed and will not pass through Congress as now drafted.
"That is among the things we're looking at doing, yes", Ryan replied cagily.
"So if it needs more beefing up, as you say, for folks who are low-income between 50 and 64 years of age, that's something that we've talked about, that's something that we've entertained and that may happen throughout the process", Price said.
"We feel like we're on track", Ryan said, "and we're right where we want to be".
He added: "The reason I feel so good about this is because the president has become a great closer". "We need to roll up our sleeves and focus on fixing those problems, rather than trying to rush to some arbitrary deadline".
Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said she was concerned about a report from the Congressional Budget Office that said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade.