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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Don't blame Ryan for lackluster bill

Don't blame Ryan for lackluster bill

WASHINGTON-House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday expressed confidence that the Republican health-care plan will pass the House later this week, saying his party's lawmakers are working to make changes to the bill to address remaining concerns, including providing more assistance to older Americans.

So, what would be really great is if this healthcare bill became a source of contention between Trump, Ryan, and if we're really lucky McConnell.

"So, when he talk about his bill, imagine a bill that takes 24 million people out of health insurance, gives the biggest transfer of wealth in our country's history, United States dollars 600 billion taken from working-class families in our country, middle-class and those who aspire to it, to the top one per cent. USD 600 billion, Robin Hood in reverse", Pelosi said. And health care looks like its really happening, ' he said. 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.

No wonder House Republicans started voting on their health care plan to replace Obamacare without this information provided by the nonpartisan and neutral Congressional Budget Office. He said the change "doesn't move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field".

Then there are the Tea Party Republicans, who'd like to abolish entitlement programs and certainly don't want tax credits for lower-income people of the kind in the Republican plan. And no, I'm not talking about consumer choice, reducing the federal debt, or some other Republican talking point.

Their leader on the issues, House Speaker Paul Ryan, may be trying to deliver a slick rollout of a new health care plan, but Ryan's own small government philosophy is getting in his way.

"I think there's enough conservatives that do not want 'ObamaCare lite, ' " Paul said on ABC's "This Week".

Trump won the support of several conservative House members on Friday when he agreed to make changes to the Medicaid portion of the bill, including giving states the option of instituting a work requirement on childless, able-bodied adults who receive the benefit. "If this bill were flawless, if it was the greatest thing for Democrats and Republicans, we wouldn't get one Democrat vote", he claimed.

"I am very pleased and very excited, and I've got to tell you, it's something I hadn't seen in along time", Mr. Ryan told reporters Thursday.

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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