Ryan says Health Care bill must do more for older people

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he’s seeking changes to the Republican health care bill to provide more assistance to 50-and-60-year-olds.
“We believe we should have even more assistance–and that’s one of the things we’re looking at–for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs,” the Wisconsin Republican told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Ryan’s comments came in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office analysis showing older people could pay higher premiums under the GOP bill. Ryan expressed skepticism about the CBO analysis, but said his leadership team is still looking at more ways to help older people under the new plan.
“The CBO looked at a little piece of the issue, when we know the secretary of HHS will help bring market freedom and regulatory relief to the insurance markets to dramatically lower the price of the plan for the 50-and-60 year olds,” Ryan said. “But even with that, we think, we should be offering more assistance than what the bill currently does.”
Moderates in Congress have urged congressional leaders to do more to curb rising costs. In a Facebook post Saturday night, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) said he wouldn’t vote for the bill in its current form, calling rising premiums “unsustainable.”
“If we accept the status quo, our health care system will collapse and all of us will suffer as a result,” he wrote.
The speaker also confirmed that work is proceeding on a number of other amendments ahead of an expected Thursday floor vote, including boosting tax credits for low-income and older people, allowing states to impose work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients and allowing states to accept fixed block-grant dollars for Medicaid.