GOP leadership sets up 'spin room' ahead of repeal vote

Posted March 20, 2017

Trump is meeting with the Senate maniacs again Monday, but also with a handful of senators who are objecting to the bill as moderates, because it cuts Medicaid too deeply.

"We're still having conversations with our members", Ryan, R-Wis., said on "Fox News Sunday".

"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does" for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.

The analysis released last week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that the House Republican plan would provide less assistance to older, low-income Americans than Obamacare while allowing insurers to charge older customers up to five times more than younger consumers.

The White House was trying to win over conservatives who are part of the House Freedom Caucus, including the group's chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. Meadows joined two Senate conservatives, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, for a weekend meeting at Trump's Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, with top White House aide Steve Bannon and other White House officials.

Although Ryan stated feeling "very good" about the bill's future in the House, there is no certainty whether the bill will adequately meet the burgeoning demands of American citizens.

The Wisconsin Republican says "we believe we should offer more assistance than what the bill now does" and that it's one of several possible revisions to help round up enough House votes for the bill. That's kind of a big problem from Trump, and any Republican who has to look forward to running for re-election in next year with a president whose legitimacy is in serious question. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also said regulatory changes in particular could increase competition in markets. But "we believe we do need to add some additional assistance for people in those older cohorts", he said.

While the Russian Federation shadow over the Trump regime gets a lot bigger and a lot darker, the popular vote loser himself is investing his tarnished political capital in getting Trumpcare out of the House this week. But he acknowledged that the GOP bill would probably have to change. "We're making fine tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect people's improvements", he told Mr. Wallace, adding he is impressed at how President Donald Trump is "helping us close this bill".

"We believe we should have even more assistance, and that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in the 50s and 60s because they experience higher health-care costs", he said.

"What they have put forth is a awful bill", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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