Ryan: Trump Has 'Helped Negotiate Changes' As GOP Repeal Bill Nears Vote

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee D-Texas opposes the Republican health care bill during work by the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday March 16 2017

Pelosi slams GOP healthcare plan, Trump budget Ryan on healthcare plan: We believe we should have more assistance for older people Ryan expects changes to Trump's proposed NIH budget cuts MORE on Sunday said he is feeling optimistic about the prospects of passing the GOP healthcare plan. He added that while "market freedom and regulatory relief" would "dramatically lower" costs in that age demographic, "even with that, we think, we should be offering more assistance than what the bill now does". The American Health Care Act will go to the Rules Committee next week and then to the House floor.

Regarding the March 9 news article "Ryan downplays GOP health care plan backlash": Paul Ryan made a startling admission.

One beneficiary of GOP's tax bill: President Trump.

"I feel very good about it, actually, I feel like it's exactly where we want to be", Ryan said, noting that President Donald Trump is a "great closer" who has helped to bring other Republicans on board.

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. 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.

However, three conservative Republican senators - Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas - all insisted today that the House GOP plan is hopelessly flawed and will not pass through Congress as now drafted.

Representative Mark Meadows, the chairman of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the bill would "absolutely not" pass the way it is now.

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.

"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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