Ryan: more help for older people needed in GOP health bill

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What the expected changes will be remains unclear.

"We'll see; if it has the votes, it would be on the floor", said Representative Phil Roe of Tennessee, a member of Ryan's vote-counting team.

Speaking on the Fox News, he added that leaders were working to address concerns that had been raised by rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation.

The changes could give governors, not the federal government, the authority to end Medicaid expansion in their states and to change the work requirements on Medicaid.

Meanwhile, a key conservative senator said White House officials were continuing to negotiate through the weekend on even more dramatic revisions to the bill in hopes of winning over hard-liners who have threatened to tank the legislation.

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.

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Cruz said he and two other conservative leaders - Lee and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus - met at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in an attempt "to fix this bill". That, he said, would lower the costs for everyone. "They're going to repeal part of it and leave in place all of the stuff that causes your insurance rates to go through the roof", Paul said.

"It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", Cotton said on CNN's State of the Union. Yet it's not clear that there are enough votes to pass the bill in the House and send it to the Senate, where it will face a fresh set of obstacles. "He's helping us make sure that we bridge differences with members who are bringing constructive ideas and solutions for how to make this bill better", Ryan said.

Collins said coverage issues must also be dealt with, citing 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. The Republican plan would allow insurers to charge older customers up to five times more than younger customers, compared with up to three times more under the Affordable Care Act.

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. "The only valid critiques are those that recognize this bill does nothing to make people healthier", Kennedy said. But it does not rise and fall, like the ACA's subsidies, so a person pays only a fixed percentage of their income on their health insurance premiums. "The American Health Care Act takes crucial first steps toward eliminating harmful aspects of its predecessor". "It was the Affordable Coverage Act", Mulvaney told CBS News on Sunday night.

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