Ryan on healthcare plan: We believe we should have more assistance for older people

Ryan on healthcare plan: We believe we should have more assistance for older people

Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanBlack Caucus calls on Ryan to remove Nunes as Intel Committee chair Governing means supporting AHCA Overnight Healthcare: Insurers face big choice on staying in ObamaCare | HHS chief Price grilled over budget cuts MORE on Sunday said he thinks there should be more assistance provided to older people in the country under the GOP's healthcare plan.

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

He said a person in their 50s or 60s does have additional healthcare costs compared to a person in their 20s or 30s. 

"We believe we should have even more assistance — and that's one of the things we're looking at — for that person in their 50s and 60s, because they experience higher healthcare costs," he said.

The Congressional Budget office (CBO) came out with a report last week that showed older Americans could be paying higher premiums under the Republican healthcare plan.

Ryan said Sunday the CBO looked at "a little piece of the issue."

"When we know the secretary of [Health and Human Services] will help bring market freedom and regulatory relief to the health insurance markets to dramatically lower the price of the plan for the 50- and 60-year-olds," Ryan said.

"But even with that, we think, we should be offering even more assistance than what the bill currently does."

During the interview, Ryan also expressed confidence in the prospects of passing the GOP healthcare plan, saying "we feel very good where we are."