GOP Health Bill Advances Despite Conservative Objections

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GOP Health Bill Advances Despite Conservative Objections

"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. "There's no doubt about it", Price responded, acknowledging changes made to the bill to win over conservatives could scare off moderate Republicans.

The US health care bill's advancement to the House was considered as another victory for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had a significant contribution to the legislation of the bill despite vocal opposition from fellow Republicans, the NBC News reports.

Ryan didn't say whether he had the 218 votes necessary to pass the bill, which would replace President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, but he said he feels "very good about where we are".

Despite the tweaks Ryan said the bill needs, he added that he feels "very good" about the legislation's progress and where things now stand. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also said regulatory changes in particular could increase competition in markets. Conservatives would want the cap to be lifted to allow Americans to afford insurance, especially in states where the cost of insurance is disproportionately high.

"I think there's enough conservatives that do not want 'ObamaCare lite, ' " Paul said on ABC's "This Week".

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Wallace noted a CBO estimate which said that a 64 year old making less than $27,000 a year will pay $14,600 a year for health insurance instead of the $1,700 they pay now under President Barack Obama's law.

Ryan at one point said that his party faced the "binary choice" of backing the GOP replacement plan that he and his lieutenants crafted or sticking with an Obamacare health insurance system that was fast collapsing of its own weight and driving up premiums for millions of Americans.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said the bill would "absolutely not" pass in its current form.

"We're going to make good on that promise", he said. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect people's improvements".

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