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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:01

House GOP tweaks health care bill with eye to helping seniors

Written by  Fox News

House Republican leaders announced proposed changes to their health care overhaul late Monday in an effort to shore up support from the GOP's rank-and-file ahead of an expected floor vote later this week.

The bill's 43-page "manager's amendment" is aimed at placating Republicans unhappy that nonpartisan analysts said the legislation would drive up costs for older people.

The amendment was unveiled hours after President Donald Trump told a rally in Louisville, Ky., that he wasn't wedded to the current version of the bill.

"We're going to negotiate. And it's going to go to the Senate and back and forth," he said, assuring that the "end result is going to be wonderful and it's going to work great."

The measure would pave the way for the Senate, if it chooses, to make the bill's tax credit more generous for people age 50 to 65. Details in the documents released were unclear, but one GOP lawmaker and an aide told the Associated Press that the language sets aside $85 billion over 10 years for that purpose.

The measure would also accelerate the repeal of tax increases on higher earners, the medical industry and others to this year instead of 2018. It would be easier for people to deduct expenses from their taxes, and older and disabled Medicaid beneficiaries would get larger benefits.

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