J. Denny Weaver: Ryan's health care bill reveals his values
Mar 20 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, speaks with House Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.Ryan and House Republicans have proposed a woefully inadequate health care plan. "He's the one who has helped negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus".
Ryan said the more generous tax credits will be among the changes the House Rules committee will take up this week in advance of a final House floor vote - planned for Thursday. That is unacceptable without proof, and yet Republicans were very willing to overlook Trump's Twitter actions. Here is the central prize: "If we lower premiums, and hopefully lower them a lot, that is a victory for the American people".
Ryan spoke on "Fox News Sunday", Price appeared on ABC's "This Week", Collins was on NBC's "Meet the Press" and Cruz spoke on CBS' "Face the Nation".
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), who represents a suburban Philadelphia district that has been heavily targeted by Democrats, said in a Facebook post that he was most concerned that the legislation would roll back efforts to prevent and treat opioid abuse. But moderate Republicans are balking over the CBO's findings that millions more people would lack coverage even while premiums in many cases could rise.
A Congressional Budget Office analysis last week said a 64-year-old with income of $26,500 would pay $1,700 out of pocket for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, compared with $14,600 under the GOP plan.
They in turn could ignore potentially huge abuses of the presidency, for example, Trump's tweets alleging that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. But he acknowledged that the GOP bill would probably have to change.
"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan told Fox News Sunday of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.
"What they're saying is that this isn't freedom, this isn't people voluntarily deciding not to have health insurance", Wallace remarked.
And there is in this plan a big tax cut for the wealthy.
President Donald Trump, who had repeatedly promised to "repeal and replace" the law, agreed with Republican leaders Friday to amendments of the bill that shored up some support from fellow conservative lawmakers.