Senate Republicans are making progress towards finding a consensus on granting higher subsides to lower income and older people in their version of the health bill than what was included in the legislation passed by the House, The Hill reported on Wednesday.
Many Republicans in the upper chamber agree that one of the drawbacks to the House version is that those who find it most difficult to buy insurance are not receiving enough help.
One of the proposals gaining support would make the tax credits larger, tying them to income, as well as giving more support to older people.
"What I want to ensure is that the subsidies or tax credits are enough so that lower-income, middle-income people have the ability to actually purchase health care," Sen. Bob Corker told The Hill.
"The way the subsidies were in the House bill, it really wasn't enough to help people who were on the lower end of the economic spectrum to be able to actually purchase it."
Sen. John Thune, who is working on fine-tuning the proposal, said told The Hill: "We clearly want to drive more of the benefit of the tax credit to people on the lower-income part of the scale and the elderly.
"Frankly, I don't think we could pass anything in the Senate unless we figure out a way to improve upon what the House did in respect to the tax credit."
But earlier this week a GOP aide familiar with the negotiations among Senate Republicans on the bill told CNN that those involved in the talks are now "much less optimistic that something will get done."
Major disagreements among Republican senators remain on many of the major issues, such as the fate of Obamacare regulations and when to end Medicaid expansion.
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