Ryan: We Need More Assistance For Older Americans In Repeal Bill

Andrew Harnik

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday said that Republican leaders are working on increasing assistance to older Americans in their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"We believe that we do need to add some additional assistance to people in those older cohorts," Ryan said on "Fox News Sunday."

The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Republican bill found that the plan would cause premiums for older Americans to increase.

Ryan brushed off the CBO's analysis comparing coverage under Obamacare to coverage under the proposed House plan, arguing that the Affordable Care Act is collapsing. But he said that providing more help for older Americans is "among the things we’re looking at doing."

"We believe we should have even more assistance, and that’s one of the things we’re looking at for that person in the 50s and 60s because they experience higher health-care costs," he said on "Fox News Sunday."


Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.