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Paul Ryan - Trump Healthcare Plan Increases Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Seniors

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Some moderate Republicans fear it will hurt the elderly and the poor.

Rep. Justin Amash, who previously called the AHCA "Obamacare 2.0," said on Twitter that even with a slew of changes released by the GOP leaders on Monday there still weren't enough votes for it.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned House Republicans they could lose their seats in next year's midterm elections if they failed to back the GOP health care overhaul and fulfill a long-promised goal to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. When an uninsured person gets health care and can't pay his or her bills, this causes the market to correct by increasing charges for those who are insured, which leads to increased insurance premiums.

Republican Representative Walter Jones said Trump told legislators in a closed-door meeting that if the Republican bill did not pass, they would face "political problems". That includes allowing states to choose getting their Medicaid money as a large block grant, rather than as a set amount of spending per recipient.

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Ryan said this weekend that Republicans are looking at ways to make the bill's tax credits more generous for people in their 50s and 60s who have higher health care costs. They also object to the way the current proposal provides tax credits for low- and middle-income workers to purchase private insurance if they do not receive health coverage from their employer. Your age dictates you'll probably use more coverage the older you get. He went on to say, "These are going to be negotiated". Recent testimony in the IL legislature indicated that IL would lose nearly $40 billion in federal dollars for Medicaid in the next 10 years under the GOP plan. This bill does not reflect the morals of our state, nor those of our society. The cost of their treatment will increase, probably tenfold. Another bill in the House (H.R. 708), introduced by Indiana Republican Larry Bucshon in February, would give states the power to raise that ratio to 5:1 under their own insurance regulations. He said he was "confident" the GOP bill would help Missourians, noting that many residents have seen their premiums skyrocket under the Affordable Care Act.

The effective conclusion of negotiations means that it is now time for House Republicans to get in line - or vote against a bill that has the President's seal of approval. "As the bill comes up for a vote in the House this week, I will continue these efforts to ensure we better assist the millions of Americans who are not yet eligible for Medicare".

Wavering lawmakers are under intense pressure from supporters and opponents.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, accompanied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., right, speaks at a news conference following a GOP party conference at the Capitol in Washington, March 15, 2017. "Republicans have been working to repeal and replace this misguided law ever since, and now, under President Trump, we will finally be able to take this step towards fundamental reform of our healthcare system", he added. Top House Republicans unveiled revisions to their bill on Monday night in hopes of nailing down support.

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