Conservatives on health care bill: Negotiations are over

Obamacare-lite Showdown House Vote Scheduled for Thursday								by Sean Moran18 Mar 20170		18 Mar 2017		18 Mar 2017

Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people.

The repeal legislation, titled the American Health Care Act, faces a steep climb on its way to President Trump's desk. As a result, he said there will be some "fine-tuning improvements" to the law that will help assuage some members' "concerns".

"Because we have been united in the past for repeal, not so much on replace", he continued.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Ryan said he believes the CBO analysis is not accurate but agreed that people in their 50s and 60s experience higher health care costs.

Under the GOP plan, older people who are not yet eligible for Medicare stand to be the biggest losers.

Meanwhile, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Meet the Press that the bill is too harsh; claiming that 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade.

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"Later today, we will release some technical and policy changes that further strengthen the bill", Brady said of planned changes to treatment of Obamacare taxes, optional work requirements for Medicaid and an option for states to accept Medicaid funding as a block grant.

"We think that we should be offering even more assistance than what the bill now does", he said. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also said regulatory changes in particular could increase competition in markets.

"If it needs more beefing up ... for folks who are low-income, between 50 and 64 years of age, that's something we've talked about, that's something we've entertained", Price told ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".

But seniors groups, long considered among the most powerful interest groups on Capitol Hill, have also led the charge in denouncing AHCA.

Three of Pennsylvania's 13 congressional Republicans have said they plan to vote "no" on the bill, each citing different reasons. Several, such as New Jersey Rep. Walker says he expects more changes before the Senate passes the measure but the GOP must do something.

As the ACHA stands, it seems that some seniors could be left without adequate care, because the bill's tax-credit structure won't provide as much coverage as the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) subsidies now do.

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