Rand Paul says GOP health care bill unlikely to pass in Congress

Yolanda Curtis
March 19, 2017

Ryan on Sunday said he felt "very good" that the House would pass the Republicans' healthcare bill, even as changes were being made to lure votes, such as providing more assistance for older Americans.

"We believe we should have even more assistance. for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs", Ryan told Fox News Sunday.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said he and two other conservative leaders - Sen.

Trump was upbeat about the bill's prospects for passage during a joint press conference on Friday afternoon at the White House with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Asked about the likelihood of passage, Ryan said, "I feel very good about it, actually".

One House GOP leader, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, said they were on track to bring the legislation to the House Rules Committee early next week. "We're honored to be here to represent the conservatives and to work with the president and vice president for all communities of the American people".

While Ryan said he felt "very good" about the health bill's prospects in the House, a leading conservative lawmaker, Representative Mark Meadows, told the C-Span "Newsmakers" program that there were now 40 Republican "no" votes in the House.

In 2017, Ryan's bill has been mocked and ridiculed by just about every member of Congress.

While proponents say the GOP plan would eventually provide Americans with access to less expensive, more patient and doctor-centric coverage, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that 24 million people would lose voluntarily decline coverage under that approach by 2026 and that the replacement coverage would be more expensive in the short run - especially for older and low-income people.

Those over 50 but not yet 65 - and thus eligible for Medicare, the federal health program for seniors - represent a major issue in forging an alternative to the ACA.

Under Obamacare, insurers can charge only three times more.

RISE - an organization committed to "empowering Americans to monitor and take action in response to the Trump Administration" - is planning to protest the event. But he acknowledged that the GOP bill would probably have to change. Now, right now we have five or six senators who look like maybe they're not gonna, I'm talking about Republicans.

"Really, Paul Ryan? Millions of people losing health insurance?" That, according to the CBO estimate, leads to substantial cost savings that - together with cuts to Medicaid - allow the GOP plan to eliminate almost all of the taxes imposed under the ACA. Last Wednesday, Ryan announced that his beleaguered bill would need to undergo some changes and "incorporate feedback" from his members ahead of its vote on the House floor this Thursday.

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