Paul Ryan talks a big game on getting health bill passed
20 March, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Michele Stevens
The US health care bill's advancement to the House was considered as another victory for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had a significant contribution to the legislation of the bill despite vocal opposition from fellow Republicans, the NBC News reports.
Even as Ryan said he felt "very good" about the health bill's prospects in the House, a leading conservative lawmaker told the C-Span "Newsmakers" program that there were now 40 Republican "no" votes in the House. 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. That's because the GOP plan would offer only $4,900 in tax credits, compared to $13,600 under Obamacare subsides. The bill is set to hit the House floor on Thursday. He then went on to say that the GOP is working on changes in the American Health Care Act that would allow federal block grants to states for Medicaid. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns". "Every single person sitting in this room is now a yes", the president said as he met with members of the Republican Study Committee, most of whom already supported the bill.
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.
"That is among the things we're looking at doing, yes", Ryan replied cagily.
Cruz said during an appearance on the CBS's Face the Nation that the House bill falls far short of repealing all the Obamacare mandates and taxes, and that "it doesn't fix the problem" of rising premiums and overall costs to consumers.
"What they're saying is that this isn't freedom, this isn't people voluntarily deciding not to have health insurance", Wallace remarked.
"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.
"It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", Cotton said on CNN's "State of the Union".
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