Healthcare overhaul to help older citizens, says House Speaker Mar 20, 2017 5 196 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONUS House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and to add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, US House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.Ryan said Republican leaders still plan to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday. Speaking on the"Fox News Sunday" television program, he added that leaders were working to address concerns that had been raised by rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation."We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill currently does," for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.Ryan also said Republicans are working on changes that would allow federal block grants to states for Medicaid.Even as Ryan said he felt"very good" about the health bill's prospects in the House a leading conservative lawmaker told the C-Span"Newsmakers" program that there were currently 40 Republican"no" votes in the House. Republicans hold a majority in the chamber but cannot afford to have over 21 defections for the measure to pass.Representative Mark Meadows, the chairman of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the bill would"absolutely not" pass the way it is now.Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, also said the changes being considered for the Medicaid program would not go far enough, if they left it up to states to decide whether to put in place a work requirement.An optional work requirement for Medicaid would be"a step backwards, not a step forwards," Meadows said in an appearance on C-Span's"Newsmakers."If the healthcare bill were to pass the House, it also would face significant challenges in the Senate.Senator Tom Cotton, a conservative Arkansas Republican who has been a critic of the legislation, said that the problem with the legislation was that it would not reduce premiums for people on the private insurance market. Lawmakers need to slow down and solve this problem, he said."It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work," Cotton said on CNN's"State of the Union."Moderate Republicans have also expressed concerns about the bill.Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she was concerned about a report from the Congressional Budget Office .The report that said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade. Comments 0 Mar 21, 2017 I conceive this website has got very great composed content material blog posts. 0 Mar 21, 2017 I am actually grateful to the owner of this web site who has shared this wonderful piece of writing at at this place. 0 Mar 21, 2017 I constantly emailed this web site post page to all my friends, because if like to read it after that my contacts will too. 0 Mar 21, 2017 Very good info. Lucky me I recently found your website by chance (stumbleupon).I've book marked it for later! 0 Mar 21, 2017 Wow! This can be one particular of the most helpful blogs We've ever arrive across on this subject.Actually Wonderful. I'm also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES No proof of Russia collusion with Trump team: Lawmaker Mar 20, 2017 0 193 Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance Mar 20, 2017 0 198 While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force Mar 20, 2017 0 462 Pulitzer Prize winning New York columnist Breslin dead at 88 dpa Washington Columnist Jimmy Breslin, a Pulitzer Prize winner who famously documented American life and still wrote weekly to the end of his life in the New York Daily News, died Sunday at age 88, the newspaper reported. .. Lawmakers say no evidence Trump Tower bugged Reuters WASHINGTON US lawmakers from both parties said on Sunday they had seen no proof to support the claim by Republican President Donald Trump that his predecessor Barack Obama had wiretapped him last year, adding .. Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance AP NEW YORK Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labor groupunder the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide to ..