US Republicans working on Medicaid, tax credit changes: Ryan

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks to the media about the American Health Care Act at the Capitol in Washington D.C

While Ryan said he felt "very good" about the health bill's prospects in the House, a leading conservative lawmaker, Representative Mark Meadows, told the C-Span Newsmakers program that there were now 40 No votes among Republicans in the House.

Ryan said Republican leaders still planned to bring the health-care bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday.

Speaking on the Fox News Sunday television program, Ryan said they were working to address concerns that had been raised by rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation.

"But you're right in saying, and we agree, we believe we should have even more assistance", Ryan said.

"There's no doubt about it", Price responded, acknowledging changes made to the bill to win over conservatives could scare off moderate Republicans. Republicans hold a majority in the chamber but can not afford to have more than 21 defections for the measure to pass. Over the weekend, Meadows met with President Donald Trump to discuss conservative members' qualms with the bill.

The health-care bill would face significant challenges in the Senate even if it were to pass the House.

Senator Tom Cotton, a conservative Arkansas Republican who has been a critic of the legislation, said that the problem with the legislation was that it would not reduce premiums for people on the private insurance market. There are several GOP senators opposed to the bill, some of whom want a clean repeal of Obamacare, and other more moderate Republicans who fear that the repeal could hurt low-income Americans. That, he said, would lower the costs for everyone.

Along with Collins, Sens. They also complain that the GOP bill's tax credits create an overly generous benefit the federal government can not afford.

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"The number one issue is premiums".

"ObamaCare 2.0 is welfare without a stigma, since almost everyone qualifies and the $ goes directly to the insurance co's", Massie tweeted last week. The House bill only touches two of them. Let's repeal it via the 51-vote threshold, which we did back at the end of 2015. I just think that the speaker's plan, it doesn't accomplish what the voters sent us here to accomplish.

"We're listening to the people", he added.

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said. They insist the original version's fundamental flaw is that it does not cut health-care spending enough. Though older people will receive more in subsidies, the AHCA would also expand the rate banding rule to a 5:1 ratio, meaning older people could be charged five times more than a younger person for premiums, but would only receive double the government assistance to pay for insurance. 'That is what we ran on. The senator, who was re-elected past year, has dismissed it as "Obamacare lite" and asserted that the bill had no chance of becoming law.

Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Paul, a Kentucky Republican, disputed that claim.

"The promise was to repeal and replace Obamacare", said Davidson's spokesman, Alexei Woltornist. We never ran on a replacement of Obamacare Lite.

"That may be the case and that's why as it works through this legislative process, we're looking at it and working with our legislative colleagues to make certain that we've got the kind of plan that actually works for people in the real world - something that the previous administration didn't do", Price said responding to Cassidy's concerns.

If bipartisan deal-making still were possible, Republicans could go around their Freedom Caucus and work with Democrats to fix Obamacare.

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