Trump changes tune on House healthcare bill, calls it 'mean'

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 20, 2017

But according to a GOP Senate aide, who was granted anonymity to be able to speak freely about private conversations, the president told senators he met with Tuesday that the House's version of the health care bill is "mean" and he wants the Senate to generate a more generous package with more "heart". In all, 20 Republicans voted against the AHCA and it squeaked through the House by a vote of 217-213. Hatch has held several meetings with Utahns about what they would want in the bill.

Trump memorably held a Rose Garden ceremony with House GOP members after the American Health Care Act passed the chamber last month. Disagreements between conservatives and moderates have slowed progress on the bill.

Trump's White House budget officer Mick Mulvaney argued in a recent interview that it was as if the CBO "went into it and said, 'Okay, we need this score to look bad". Republicans control 52 of the 100 seats in the Senate, but there are divisions within the party over the content of the reform bill.

"That has not worked well in the past", he said.

During a lunch meeting with GOP senators on Wednesday, President Donald Trump called the House-version of the American Health Care Act "mean", and urged them to make it more generous.

The sources say the president did not specify what aspects of the bill he was characterizing.

At the start of the lunch, Trump told the lawmakers their healthcare bill would need to be "generous" and "kind".

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Senate Republican leaders drafting a measure to revamp USA health-care policy appear to be following the same path as their House counterparts: writing a bill behind closed doors before springing it on other lawmakers and the public close to a vote. "So I will just say that is disconcerting".

According to the Congressional Budget Office, 23 million fewer Americans would be insured under the House GOP plan, 14 million more people uninsured than under Obamacare.

"No, that's not true", McCaskill said, adding that during the drafting of Obamacare, "dozens of Republican amendments were offered and accepted in that hearing process".

There was a robust discussion involving the Senate's current work to rescue the American people from the failures of Obamacare.-Matt Whitlock, Sen.

If you can somehow overlook the political aspects of this issue, it's easy to say that killing Medicaid would save US taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars a year, but it would be money state taxpayers would have to pony up if states decide to maintain some sort of health-care-coverage safety net for the poor.

"In fact, it will probably have to be re-envisioned entirely", he said.

The remarks, first reported by the Associated Press, were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage Mr. Trump fought for and embraced. There, he called the House legislation a "great plan" and said it was "very, very, incredibly well-crafted". Graham was also quoted by Bloomberg News reporter Sahil Kapur as saying, "We know this is not the best way to do health care, but it's the way we're having to do it". Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.: "You haven't yet scheduled a hearing on the Republican Trumpcare bill".

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