Ryan Confident About Health Plan's Passage, After Change To Help Seniors

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 20, 2017

This month House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the highly anticipated Republican alternative to Obamacare: The American Health Care Act.

"We're still having conversations with our members", Ryan, R-Wis. said on Fox News."We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect peoples' improvements". "It's that your plan makes it unaffordable for people". "The reason I feel very good where we are, we all, all of us, all Republicans in the House, Senate, and the president, made a promise to the American people that we would repeal and replace the faulty collapse in law and we will make good on that promise".

More moderate Republicans also have issues with the bill.

Senator Tom Cotton, a conservative Arkansas Republican, said the bill would not reduce premiums for people on the private insurance market.

After meeting with members of the conservative Republican Study Committee this week, Trump announced that the lawmakers in the room who had previously been "no" votes were now on board, thanks to legislative changes that the White House and House GOP leaders had agreed to. He joins GOP Rep. John Katko, from a closely divided district in upstate NY, who cited inadequate insurance access and cost controls. She also wants an improved proposal that would cover more Americans and offer better Medicaid benefits than the current GOP plan.

In a fresh test of Republicans' willingness to embrace the legislation, the House Budget Committee was considering the measure Thursday.

Heller, whose state has expanded Medicaid, joined three fellow GOP senators in opposing the bill: Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said.

"We are faced with a situation that if we do not do anything in just a few years nearly the entire federal budget will be used to pay for Medicaid, Medicare and interest on the national debt with no money left for anything else", he said. "The American Health Care Act needs to pass the House of Representatives so the American people can be rescued from Obamacare". He told them: "This is our moment to make history".

"They will whip it, and they will find 40 noes and another 30 or 40 undecideds", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, who has called for changes to mollify conservatives. Trump's plan, for instance, would cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health, an 18 percent drop for the $32 billion agency that funds much of the nation's research into what causes different diseases and what it will take to treat them.

"I would say, this is the very, very beginning of the budget process", he said. As a Republican, I am just as upset with the bill and its constraints as everyone else, but we must face the unfortunate reality of congressional procedure.

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