Republicans revamp United States health bill to help older Americans

"We believe that we do need to add some additional assistance to people in those older cohorts", Ryan told Fox News Sunday. He added that while "market freedom and regulatory relief" would "dramatically lower" costs in that age demographic, "even with that, we think, we should be offering more assistance than what the bill now does". Ryan said that lawmakers are changing the bill to provide better tax credits for older Americans - and added that they're also considering whether to allow states to institute a work requirement for Medicaid.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said the bill would "absolutely not" pass in its current form.

Ryan said that proposed changes to the health-care system that would occur outside of the bill also would lower payments. 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.

Even as Ryan said he felt "very good" about the health bill's prospects in the House, a leading conservative lawmaker told the C-Span "Newsmakers" program that there were now 40 Republican "no" votes in the House. However, the orientation of his health care proposal is a far cry from Jesus, who proclaimed, "Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me" (Matt. 25.40). Who is this young senator and why is he so opposed to President Trump's plan?

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

Poorer, older Americans would be especially hard hit with higher premiums and less generous government assistance to buy insurance.

"We're going to make good on that promise", he said.

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.

  • Audrey Hill