Ryan: more help for older people needed in GOP health bill

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Lawmakers plan to have the healthcare legislation on the House floor this Thursday, Ryan said.

But Trump has yet to make a forceful sales pitch to his core followers or try to drum up grassroots support. They also said the bill "does not meet" goals previously described by President Donald Trump regarding state flexibility and ensuring coverage.

"Some of these include: finally decoupling healthcare from employment as other countries have, tort reform and requiring price transparency from doctors and hospitals", BMP President Elliot Jersild (junior - economics) said.

The army is dormant so far. They have in the House plan bailouts for insurance companies. Over the weekend, Trump traveled to his Palm Beach estate where he golfed and met with senior staff and Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, delegating the task of publicly promoting Obamacare's replacement to Pence, who spoke to a group of business executives in Jacksonville, Florida and then to a meeting of the Club for Growth, a conservative activist group that opposes the House bill, down the street from Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. "I do not support the House bill in its current form". "We ran on repealing Obamacare because it doesn't work". Some of Trump's long-time friends and advisers blame Ryan for not crafting a bill with broader support from conservatives.

"These next few days could define us for years to come", he said. Ryan "did a disservice to the president".

Senator Tom Cotton, a conservative Arkansas Republican, said the bill would not reduce premiums for people on the private insurance market. The person asked not to be identified publicly discussing internal deliberations.

"I never thought I'd have to say this, but we're facing an uphill battle in repealing Obamacare", Ryan said in a fundraising email Friday. He planned to court House Republicans on Tuesday.

As the salvos fly in the war over the GOP's "repeal and replace" measure for Obamacare, upstate representatives Elise Stefanik and John Faso are hunkered down in no-man's land, waiting for dust to settle before venturing forth.

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the Affordable Care Act can be improved and that Republicans could work with Democrats to do it. Fifty-one percent of Americans don't think the law should be repealed, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which has tracked public sentiment on Obamacare since before it passed Congress.

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said. He expressed confidence that the bill would pass in the House and move on to the Senate. He wrote that fellow Freedom Caucus members had suggested several changes but had been rebuffed.

Many Republicans reading the 2018 tea leaves believe they must deliver on six years of promising to "repeal and replace" or risk a bloodbath at the polls on Election Day, but this assumes they won't face a larger disaster if they implement something worse than Obamacare.

The BMP shares some of the Republicans' concerns and believes price-reducing policies should be added to the plan.

Trump's supporters could be especially hurt by the legislation. 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.

In an extreme case laid out in the CBO report, a 64-year-old earning $26,500 a year would see yearly premiums rise from $1,700 under the ACA to $14,600 under the Republican plan.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, countered that Trump voters and everyone else would be better off under the Republican bill.

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said, echoing the concerns of other hard-line lawmakers who want the legislation to undo more of the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandates.