Republicans pitch healthcare plan ahead of key vote

"We believe we should have even more assistance - and that's one of the things we're looking at - for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher healthcare costs", Ryan told host Chris Wallace during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday".

Among the other changes Ryan says are under consideration are allowing states to impose a work requirement for Medicaid recipients and allowing states to accept a block grant for Medicaid. Lawmakers plan to have the healthcare legislation on the House floor this Thursday, Ryan said. But it wasn't clear until Sunday that the change would take the form of more financial assistance for seniors - rather than, say, moving the bill in an even more conservative direction, as some House Republicans have demanded.

Ryan said he's also impressed with how President Trump is helping the GOP to "close this bill". Republicans need at least 19 of them to vote yes in order for the measure to pass.

She also voiced concerns on how the bill would hurt older Americans, and shift Medicaid costs to states.

Price acknowledged the tough negotiations, telling ABC's "This Week": "It's a fine needle that needs to be thread, there's no doubt about it".

Thomspon said there is still work to do to find a good alternative.

Meanwhile, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Meet the Press that the bill is too harsh; claiming that 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade.

Those fears were stoked last week by a Congressional Budget Office analysis that forecasted a short-term increase in premiums under the GOP law, and while premiums are expected to drop by roughly 10 percent over a 10-year horizon, some older and low-income people would face massive premium hikes.

"It's exactly where we want to be", he said".

Affordability has been one of the bigger concerns that insurers and hospital groups have raised about the legislation. It would shrink the tax credits they use to help buy insurance and it would increase their premiums because the bill allows insurers to charge more as people age and become more susceptible to health problems. The bill adds complicated tax issues, health savings accounts, seemingly arbitrary tax credits and other obstacles including the re-institution of rescission, that make having to deal with already debilitating health issues exponentially more complex and hard.



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