Paul Ryan: AHCA has to do more for older Americans

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

The top Republican in Congress told "Fox News Sunday" that leaders seek to address concerns of rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation.

He said the House was likely to bring the Republicans' Obamacare replacement to floor vote on Thursday.

"We think that we should be offering even more assistance than what the bill now does", he said.

The House plan has also received criticism from Republican senators, including Sen.

"My fear is that a year from now people are going to come back and we're going to have all the same arguments that insurance premiums are still going through the roof and we still have a mess", he said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said legislative revisions were possible to help the bill pass.

Price said that would "place vulnerable people at risk".

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"President Trump said this is one big, fat negotiation", Cruz said.

"If it needs more beefing up. for folks who are low income, between 50 and 64 years of age, that's something that we've talked about, something that we've entertained, and that may happen throughout the process", he said. "They call it repeal and replace, but when it doesn't fix the problems and you say you've fixed the problems, they're going to own it".

Republican senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas believes that the bill would not lessen premiums for people on the private insurance market. "What they're saying is, this isn't 'freedom, ' this isn't people voluntarily deciding not to have health insurance, it's that your plan makes it unaffordable for people". "But we're not for, when you get sick, the taxpayer takes over the tab for the insurance company", Paul said. It seeks to fulfil his promise during the 2016 presidential campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare by former US President Barack Obama.

The GOP bill as now written offers a fixed tax credit for low- and middle-income Americans that rises based on the consumer's age. A Congressional Budget Office review of the bill released on March 13 suggested there would be increases in out-of-pocket costs, especially for older people.

U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill that would implement a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, as well as boost tax credits for older, lower income people, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday, Reuters reported. "And that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs", the Wisconsin Republican said.

Ryan said there are always improvements being made until the bill is brought to the floor.

"I would say this is the very, very beginning of the budget process", he said. "So that is something that I think in Congress you'll see probably some changes".

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