House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to bow to pressure from seniors groups on Sunday, admitting for the first time that his health care bill doesn't do enough for those in their 60s and would have to be revised to give them more help.
There's been no shortage of organizations throwing their weight against Ryan's American Health Care Act since it was released on March 6 — including Planned Parenthood advocates, Democrats in Congress, and House conservatives who think it doesn't go far enough.
But seniors groups, long considered among the most powerful interest groups on Capitol Hill, have also led the charge in denouncing the AHCA. For instance, the AARP has denounced Ryancare for eating into the Medicare trust fund, sunsetting the Medicaid expansion, and jacking up premium rates for older Americans.
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It looks like their message is getting through. Last Wednesday, Ryan announced that his beleaguered bill would need to undergo some changes and "incorporate feedback" from his members ahead of its vote on the House floor this Thursday. But it wasn't clear until Sunday that the change would take the form of more financial assistance for seniors — rather than, say, moving the bill in an even more conservative direction, as some House Republicans have demanded.