Ryan: Health Bill Owes More to Older Americans

  • Ryan: Health Bill Owes More to Older Americans

Ryan: Health Bill Owes More to Older Americans

Representative Paul Ryan also said that the improved and refined U.S. health care bill would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million by 2026 as it reduces the deficit by $337 billion.

Ryan defined the group as people in their 50s and 60s who typically face higher health care costs than those in their 20s or 30s. 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.

"We have to do something about the fact that the House bill disproportionately affects older, rural Americans", Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

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. "He's the one who has helped to negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus". Speaking on the "Fox News Sunday" television program, he added that leaders were working to address concerns that had been raised by rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation.

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"I think there are enough conservatives that do not want Obamacare Lite", Paul said on ABC's This Week.

Wallace noted a CBO estimate which said that a 64 year old making less than $27,000 a year will pay $14,600 a year for health insurance instead of the $1,700 they pay now under President Barack Obama's law. Per Reuters, Ryan says that Republicans are massaging the bill to include work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients and allow federal block grants. As the bill now stands, older, poorer Americans will have far less help from Republican tax credits starting in 2020 than they get through Obamacare subsidies.

Ryan said the more generous tax credits will be among the changes the House Rules committee will take up this week in advance of a final House floor vote - planned for Thursday. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns".

"We're going to make good on that promise", he said.