Conservative senators disappointed after White House health care meeting

Posted March 21, 2017

"We believe we should have more assistance, and that's what we are looking at, for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs", Ryan said.

The House was expected to vote Thursday on the GOP-backed health care bill. Republicans hold a majority in the chamber but can not afford to have more than 21 defections for the measure to pass.

Senator Tom Cotton, a conservative Arkansas Republican, said the bill would not reduce premiums for people on the private insurance market. The effective conclusion of negotiations means that it is now time for House Republicans to get in line -- or vote against a bill that has the President's seal of approval.

Congressional Republicans on Monday recrafted their Obamacare replacement bill in hopes of satisfying critics as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to promote his first major legislative initiative on Capitol Hill. The new willingness to compromise was a bid for more support from moderate Republicans, who expressed continuing unease about the plan to replace Barack Obama's health law unless significant changes were made. The report said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the measure over the next year. She also wants an improved proposal that would cover more Americans and offer better Medicaid benefits than the current GOP plan. The details are still unclear, but it is an effort to calm anxious GOP lawmakers who fear that the GOP health care bill would result in a spike of premiums for their constituents in their 50s and early 60s.

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. He told them: "This is our moment to make history".

"We do believe we need to add some additional assistance to people in those older cohorts", Ryan told Fox News's Chris Wallace on Sunday morning.

Separately, Ryan said he also expected the House to make changes to Trump's proposed budget, which calls for a boost to military spending but big-time cuts in domestic programs.