Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Paul Ryan talks a big game on getting health bill passed

Paul Ryan talks a big game on getting health bill passed

Pelosi slams GOP healthcare plan, Trump budget Ryan on healthcare plan: We believe we should have more assistance for older people Ryan expects changes to Trump's proposed NIH budget cuts MORE on Sunday said he is feeling optimistic about the prospects of passing the GOP healthcare plan.

Ryan said he's also impressed with how President Trump is helping the GOP to "close this bill". "I feel it's exactly where we want to be".

However, Trump and other White House advisers concluded that some changes would be necessary to quell the revolt by conservatives and placate some moderates and Republican governors.

Even as Ryan said he felt "very good" about the health bill's prospects in the House, a leading conservative lawmaker told the C-Span "Newsmakers" program that there were now 40 Republican "no" votes in the House. "Every single person sitting in this room is now a yes", the president said as he met with members of the Republican Study Committee, most of whom already supported the bill. Conservatives would want the cap to be lifted to allow Americans to afford insurance, especially in states where the cost of insurance is disproportionately high. That's because the GOP plan would offer only $4,900 in tax credits, compared to $13,600 under Obamacare subsides.

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"So if it needs more beefing up, as you say, for folks who are low-income between 50 and 64 years of age, that's something that we've talked about, that's something that we've entertained and that may happen throughout the process", Price said.

Asked on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" whether the bill would pass the House on Thursday, Republican Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said, "We're definitely moving in the right direction" and "I am confident we will come together". Lawmakers need to slow down and solve this problem, he said.

"We're going to look at every one of them and make certain that we have those in place that actually help patients and drive down costs, and if they hurt patients and drive up costs, we're going to do away with them", Price added. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect people's improvements".

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