Governor Walker: GOP moving in 'right direction' on health care

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2017

"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. But he allowed the additional assistance was one of several House revisions to be discussed in advance of Thursday's vote, along with possible changes to help low-income people more with tax credits and require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to meet work requirements.

Lawmakers plan to have the healthcare legislation on the House floor this Thursday, Ryan said. Republicans hold a majority in the chamber but can not afford to have more than 21 defections for the measure to pass.

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office said the plan in its current form could raise premiums dramatically for older individuals not yet eligible for Medicare.

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton has emerged as the most outspoken voice against his own party's health bill.


The Kentucky conservative believes the biggest problem with the plan is that it doesn't go far enough in fulfilling a promise to GOP voters to fully repeal, and then replace, President Barack Obama's failed healthcare plan.

"I feel very good about it, actually, I feel like it's exactly where we want to be", Ryan said, noting that President Donald Trump is a "great closer" who has helped to bring other Republicans on board.

One beneficiary of GOP's tax bill: President Trump. Without the legislation that Congress is considering, millions of people will lose their coverage. The association represents BCBS insurers that cover the vast majority of the roughly 10 million people enrolled in 2017 Obamacare plans.

In a Facebook post Saturday night, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., said he couldn't vote for the bill, stressing a need "to take our time and to get this right". Despite concerns from conservatives and moderates alike, GOP leaders have remained bullish that the bill will pass.


Another change that's being worked on: Expanding tax credits to older Americans. Ted Cruz of Texas said Sunday he wouldn't vote for it as is. "I think they have to talk to everybody". And who better to fight the fight for health care than Mr.

Brady also said he expected to see a proposed package of policy and technical changes, referred to as a manager's amendment, on Monday.

"We're still having conversations with our members", Ryan said.


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