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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Ryan Looks to Thursday Health Care Vote With More Elder Pay Help

Ryan Looks to Thursday Health Care Vote With More Elder Pay Help

"The older person - the person in their 50s and 60s - does have additional healthcare costs than, say, a person in their 20s and 30s".

The White House and House leaders are also eyeing increasing the tax credits in the bill.

One beneficiary of GOP's tax bill: President Trump.

Dear Editor: Since resistance has grown and it will certainly be amended, it is not necessary to debate too many details of the Trump-Ryan health care plan that Paul Ryan presented recently.

"I feel very good about it, actually, I feel like it's exactly where we want to be", Ryan said, noting that President Donald Trump is a "great closer" who has helped to bring other Republicans on board. Last Wednesday, Ryan announced that his beleaguered bill would need to undergo some changes and "incorporate feedback" from his members ahead of its vote on the House floor this Thursday. Addressing all the concerns is "what tough legislation looks like".

Changes that the House Republicans are considering include helping people in their 50s and 60s, who, according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, will see sharp increases in premiums in 10 years, compared with what they would pay under the existing plan.

Ryan also said Republicans are working on changes that would allow federal block grants to states for Medicaid.

Still, several conservative Republicans in the Senate worry for low-income Americans losing their insurance once the new United States health care bill is legislated.

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.

"We're not going to make people buy something that's so expensive that they can't afford, that the market is not going to offer", the Speaker insisted.

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.

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