U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and to add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday. For lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits, "We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does".
The USA Today reported that US President Donald Trump is getting deeply involved to bridge the gap in the current American Health Care Act to make it easier for him to push the new US health care bill through the House of Congress. That's because the GOP plan would offer only $4,900 in tax credits, compared to $13,600 under Obamacare subsides.
When asked about the prospects that the House can pass the bill on Thursday, Ryan said he feels "very good about it". 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.
"We feel like we're on track", Ryan said, "and we're right where we want to be".
"I feel very good about it, actually", Ryan said of having the necessary votes Thursday.
"And the point I would say is, we're going to let people buy what they want to buy". As a result, he said there will be some "fine-tuning improvements" to the law that will help assuage some members' "concerns". "That's one of the things we're looking at".
"We've had insurers tell us not only will we stay in the market, we'll get back in the market", Price said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".
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. "It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work, and we need to roll up our sleeves and focus on fixing those problems rather than trying to rush to some arbitrary deadline".