Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters, March 16, that he is working closely with President Trump on health-care legislation.
"The press is, as you know, in many cases I call it the fake news, the fake news". 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".
Per Reuters, Ryan says that Republicans are massaging the bill to include work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients and allow federal block grants.
That would need to be fashioned in a way to get both the House and Senate to pass it and send it on to President Donald Trump for his signature.
But Price admitted that changes to the House bill could potentially cost Republican votes in the Senate.
"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. But he acknowledged that the GOP bill would probably have to change.
While proponents say the GOP plan would eventually provide Americans with access to less expensive, more patient and doctor-centric coverage, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that 24 million people would lose voluntarily decline coverage under that approach by 2026 and that the replacement coverage would be more expensive in the short run - especially for older and low-income people. The vice president added he's aware of concerns with the plan, but he reassured people the administration is listening and working with Congress to improve the proposal. "I know that, I know", the president said, as the host cited Bloomberg's finding that Trump-supporting counties would be hammered.
"We're still having conversations with our members", Ryan (R-Wisc.) said on "Fox News Sunday".
"It's coming together beautifully", Trump said.
"These changes definitely strengthen our numbers", said the House GOP's top vote counter, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. He joins GOP Rep. John Katko, from a closely divided district in upstate NY, who cited inadequate insurance access and cost controls.
I see what Barnes is getting at, but if Trump thinks about it won't he realize that the people who are saying he has been suckered are not exactly telling a flattering story about him? Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas have voiced strong objections, and Senate moderates don't want to boot constituents off coverage.