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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
U.S. | By Wayne Curry

Paul Ryan confident GOP's health overhaul will pass this week

Paul Ryan confident GOP's health overhaul will pass this week

"We feel like we're on track and we're right where we want to be", Ryan said on Fox News Sunday. The bill adds complicated tax issues, health savings accounts, seemingly arbitrary tax credits and other obstacles including the re-institution of rescission, that make having to deal with already debilitating health issues exponentially more complex and hard.

"We believe we should have more assistance, and that's what we are looking at, for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs", Ryan said.

Ryan said he's also impressed with how President Trump is helping the GOP to "close this bill".

Ryan didn't say whether he had the 218 votes necessary to pass the bill, which would replace President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, but he said he feels "very good about where we are". "He is the one who has helped negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus". Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, who is concerned the House plan would make it harder for poorer, older Americans to afford insurance.

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price acknowledged the White House is open to the proposed changes for older Americans and Medicaid. That's because the GOP plan would offer only $4,900 in tax credits, compared to $13,600 under Obamacare subsides.

During a Sunday interview, Wallace said that 24 million fewer Americans overall would have insurance under the Ryan plan in 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Ryan also said Republicans are working on changes that would allow federal block grants to states for Medicaid. Lawmakers need to slow down and solve this problem, he said.

"I simply think that it's not going to work to bring down premiums for working Arkansans and working Americans all across the country", Cotton said.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said she was concerned about a report from the Congressional Budget Office that said 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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