J. Denny Weaver: Ryan's health care bill reveals his values

Rep. Bill Johnson R-Ohio left and Rep. Jason Smith R-Mo. work on the Republican health care bill in the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday March 16 2017

Asked about the likelihood of passage, Ryan said, "I feel very good about it, actually".

Meanwhile, a key conservative senator said White House officials were continuing to negotiate through the weekend on even more dramatic revisions to the bill in hopes of winning over hard-liners who have threatened to tank the legislation. "I'm excited at the fact that we have a president who likes closing deals".

"We never ran on making the entitlement subsidies permanent", Paul said.

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.

Under Obamacare, insurers can charge only three times more.

"We think we should be offering more assistance than the bill now does", for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.

He emphasized that until the bill is on the floor for a vote, "we are always making improvements".

Members of the conservative group are primarily concerned with lowering premiums for consumers, and they don't believe the the Obamacare proposal will do that.

One House GOP leader, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, said they were on track to bring the legislation to the House Rules Committee early next week.

Price said that would "place vulnerable people at risk".

President Donald Trump, whose administration initially embraced the House health care bill, has lately called it "very preliminary", and said he's not signing it unless it takes care of his people.

But Ryan expressed confidence that the bill would pass the House this week - and then move to the Senate, where the legislation is facing even sharper doubts and the GOP majority is much narrower.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he and two other conservative leaders - Sen.

The CBO, which works for Congress, projected that under the plan, premiums would increase 15 to 20 percent in 2018 and 2019.

"We can work with them to do that, but what they have put forth is a bad bill, 24 million people kicked off of health insurance, which the speaker calls an act of mercy", Pelosi told CBSs" "Face the Nation' in an interview.