GOP health bill revamp to include work requirement for poor & better tax credits for older people

GOP health bill revamp to include work requirement for poor & better tax credits for older people
  1. GOP health bill revamp to include work requirement for poor & better tax credits for older people
    House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Republican Party is revamping its alternative plan to Obama’s health care law to include a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor and boost benefits to older Americans. Read Full Article at R…

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Ryan said he was confident about bringing the American Health Care Act before the House of Representatives on Thursday and was addressing concerns raised by rank-and-file Republicans.

He told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that he feels “very good” about the bill ahead of Thursday’s vote, vowing to make good on the Republican party’s promise to “repeal and replace this faulty collapsing law.”

The legislation would replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, introduced by the former president in 2010.

Democrats have been heavily critical of the new health care plan while conservative Republicans have described it as ‘Obamacare-lite.’

READ MORE: 14mn Americans to lose health coverage next year under GOP Obamacare replacement – CBO 

Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC 11th District), told C-Span's Newsmakers that there were currently 40 Republican "no" votes in the House. Republicans need at least 19 of them to vote yes in order for the measure to pass.

Ryan however, apparently, believes that Trump has what it takes to clinch the necessary votes, describing the president as “a great closer,” and praising him for negotiating changes to the health care plan.

The House Budget Committee narrowly voted to move the proposal to the House floor on Thursday while recommending a series of changes.

Among the House Budget Committee’s non-binding recommendations — changing the system of tax credits to ensure they are "afforded to the population that they are intended to serve,” and the addition of a requirement for "able-bodied" Medicaid participants to work in exchange for benefits.

The suggestions which appear to have been taken on board by Ryan are reportedly favoured by Conservative Republicans concerned about the bill, but it remains to be seen if these additions will be enough to swing…

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