Jueves, 23 Marcha, 2017

Trump Going Outside Washington For Support on Health Bill

Ryan on healthcare plan 'We're right where we want to be' President Trump Completely Supports the Healthcare Replacement Bill
Ramiro Mantilla | 20 Marcha, 2017, 23:46

During Sunday's interview, House Speaker Ryan was asked about the specific CBO estimate that projects in 10 years a 64-year-old with $26,500 in annual income, paying $1,700 in yearly premiums under the ACA, would eventually pay $14,600 under the AHCA. Over the weekend, Meadows met with President Donald Trump to discuss conservative members' qualms with the bill.

Ryan indicated that there might be changes to the GOP healthcare bill by saying, "We think we should be offering more assistance than the bill now does".

The analysis released last week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that the House Republican plan would provide less assistance to older, low-income Americans than Obamacare while allowing insurers to charge older customers up to five times more than younger consumers. Skeptical Senate Republicans, like Ted Cruz of Texas, said the current legislation is dead on arrival.

The Wisconsin Republican says "we believe we should offer more assistance than what the bill now does" and that it's one of several possible revisions to help round up enough House votes for the bill. "President Trump said this is one big, fat negotiation".

The White House is considering trade-offs for conservative Republicans to get the bill to pass in the House, but that may compromise its chances in the Senate.

Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services, said the Trump administration was open to changes to address the effects on older Americans and other concerns.

Despite the tweaks Ryan said the bill needs, he added that he feels "very good" about the legislation's progress and where things now stand. They also complain that the GOP bill's tax credits create an overly generous benefit the federal government can not afford.

Democrats have been heavily critical of the new health care plan while conservative Republicans have described it as 'Obamacare-lite'.

North Carolina Republican Meadows said the changes being considered for the Medicaid program would not go far enough if they left it up to states to decide whether to put in place a work requirement. In order for it to pass the House, there can be no more than 21 Republican "no" votes.

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. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns". "The president is bringing people to his table, and I'm very impressed with how the president is helping us close this bill, and making the improvements that we've been making, getting the votes".