Paul Ryan confident GOP's health overhaul will pass this week

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On Fox News yesterday, Paul Ryan said that House GOP members are working to improve the American Health Care Act ahead of an expected vote on the measure on Thursday.

He has also said his caucus plans on proposing an amendment to leadership soon.

As the ACHA stands, it seems that some seniors could be left without adequate care, because the bill's tax-credit structure won't provide as much coverage as the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) subsidies now do. "And that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs", said Ryan. But he allowed the additional assistance was one of several House revisions to be discussed in advance of Thursday's vote, along with possible changes to help low-income people more with tax credits and require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to meet work requirements. "Conservatives will only have a seat at the table if they can stop the initial Ryan plan from going through".

He has been wooing lawmakers to vote for the bill and won the backing of a dozen conservative lawmakers on Friday after an Oval Office meeting in which the president endorsed a work requirement and block-grant option for Medicaid. However, there is no guarantee funding would keep up with future demands. But Ryan and his top lieutenants anxious that if they kept moving too far right, they'd lose a bunch of centrist Republicans.

Other Republicans, however, voiced concerns about the plan, with Senator Rand Paul predicting it would not pass through Congress.

"What they have put forth is a awful bill", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"It's a fine needle that needs to be threaded, no doubt about it", said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, speaking about the negotiations Sunday on ABC's "This Week". But it's also become increasingly apparent to the White House that the conservatives' requests, which include phasing out Obamacare's Medicaid expansion earlier and deregulating the insurance industry, are unlikely to pass the Senate. Instead, she said, the bill championed by Republicans would hurt "millions of people who are benefiting" from the current law and who voted for Trump, and hand tax breaks to wealthy people in regions that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. "It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", Cotton said on CNN's State of the Union.

But, any changes made to the bill to win the votes of conservatives could scare off moderate Republicans. "There's five or 10 that wants less subsidies That's why I say it's a conundrum, and maybe we get to an impasse, and then when we reach impasse, maybe we separate repeal from replace".

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