Ryan: ObamaCare replacement bill still needs work, but likely to pass soon

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said the House GOP health care bill is unlikely to pass in Congress because there are "enough conservatives that don't want 'Obamacare lite.'" The Kentucky senator told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday that the Republican-led Congress should repeal Obamacare in its entirety.

"We think we should be offering more assistance than the bill now does", for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.

"We're still having conversations with our members", Ryan, R-Wis. said on Fox News."We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect peoples' improvements".

Ryan also said Republicans are working on changes that would allow federal block grants to states for Medicaid. That, he said, would lower the costs for everyone.

"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.

However, Trump and other White House advisers concluded that some changes would be necessary to quell the revolt by conservatives and placate some moderates and Republican governors.

Part of the confidence stems from President Donald Trump's involvement in "helping us close this bill", Ryan said. "He's the one who has helped to negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus".

Among them are fiscal conservatives who say the ObamaCare repeal effort doesn't go far enough to dismantle the 2010 health care law and those who fear it won't provide enough Americans with adequate and affordable insurance policies.

The bill, unveiled earlier this month, is now being considered by two congressional committees ahead of its passage through the House and Senate.

But Ryan admitted that there were improvements to be made to the bill until it is brought to the floor.

"It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", Cotton said on CNN's "State of the Union".

The Republicans are not "doing this behind the scenes and just bringing some bill to the floor and making people vote for it".

"We have a president who is rolling up his sleeves ..."

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