"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", Ryan said.
A majority of Americans oppose the bill in almost every public poll, with even a majority of Republicans expressing displeasure with how President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are proceeding with the long-promised plan to "repeal and replace" President Obama's signature legislative achievement.
Dear Editor: Since resistance has grown and it will certainly be amended, it is not necessary to debate too many details of the Trump-Ryan health care plan that Paul Ryan presented recently.
So far, concerns or outright opposition voiced by conservatives have been the focus of House GOP leaders and Trump administration officials in search of the votes needed for passage. In order for it to pass the House, there can be no more than 21 Republican "no" votes.
The healthcare bill would face significant challenges in the Senate even if it were to pass the House.
But Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a Republican critic of the bill, said he didn't believe the bill would lower premiums for working people. "It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", Cotton said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press", Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME anxious the bill would harm older Americans, and shift Medicaid costs to states - something critics say a block-grant approach would only make worse.
A recent Congressional Budget Office estimate predicted that 24 million fewer Americans would have access to health care in a decade if the current GOP plan is implemented, with as many as 14 million of those people losing coverage, or access to coverage, in the first year alone.
Affordability has been one of the bigger concerns that insurers and hospital groups have raised about the legislation. They also complain that the GOP bill's tax credits create an overly generous benefit the federal government can not afford.
The BlueCross BlueShield Association emphasized the need for the replacement to be affordable when the draft of the healthcare bill was released earlier this month. The moderates could put forward a more robust government plan, an Obamacare-lite plan.