House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to bow to pressure from seniors groups on Sunday, admitting for the first time that his healthcare bill didn't do enough for those in their 60s and would have to be revised to give them more help. "There's no doubt about it", Price responded, acknowledging changes made to the bill to win over conservatives could scare off moderate Republicans.
"We feel like we're on track", Ryan said, "and we're right where we want to be".
"The reason I feel so good about this is because the president has become a great closer", Ryan told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
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.
Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price acknowledged the White House is open to the proposed changes for older Americans and Medicaid. 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.
"I think there's enough conservatives that do not want 'ObamaCare lite, ' " Paul said on ABC's "This Week".
The Congressional Budget Office predicted this week about 24 million fewer Americans would be insured under the Republican healthcare plan by 2026 largely by eliminating the individual mandate and curbing Medicaid growth. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, who is concerned the House plan would make it harder for poorer, older Americans to afford insurance. Ryan said that lawmakers are changing the bill to provide better tax credits for older Americans - and added that they're also considering whether to allow states to institute a work requirement for Medicaid. "We're still having conversations with our members, we're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect people's improvements".
Ryan said Republican leaders still plan to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday.