Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

Asked to comment on Trump's remarks, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spokeswoman AshLee Strong said, "Congressional Republicans, with President Trump's support, are working to repeal and replace this bad Obamacare law that is harming Americans".

The remarks were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage Trump fought for and embraced.

"This is a great plan, and this is a repeal and a replace of Obamacare, make no mistake about it", Mr. Trump said at the time.

The House of Representatives narrowly approved its version of repeal last month, but Senate Republicans have been unable to coalesce around their own version of a bill, with moderates and conservatives pushing in different directions in meetings behind closed doors.

Trump's comments were described by two GOP congressional sources who received accounts of Tuesday's White House lunch.

"There are third rails that they can touch in the bill", David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, said.

He said a replacement will be "generous, kind" and show "heart" and promised more funding.

"I heard you, Mr. Secretary, just say, 'We'd love your support, ' " McCaskill said.

"We aren't stupid", an anonymous Republican Senate staffer told the website Axios.

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"From day one, I said we are going to repeal and replace Obamacare".

"The president is very interested in getting a health reform bill through the Senate and he wants us to get moving on it", Thune said.

Republicans now face a do-or-die moment to pass a bill.

"It might be that McConnell knows he can't get to 50 [votes] so he's going as far left as possible to give moderates cover when they do vote for this bill", one conservative Senate aide told CNN.

Also during the call, Iowa's senior senator explained his opposition of a recent move by the Trump administration's Office of Legal Counsel that directs the executive branch to deny information requests from members of Congress, unless the request comes from a committee, subcommittee or the chairperson.

The House's bill is broadly unpopular with the general public, multiple surveys have found. "I'm exhausted of Republicans promising they would repeal Obamacare and then negotiating to keep it".

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa listen at right as President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before having lunch with Republican Senators.

While the bill is likely to look similar to the House AHCA on many major aspects, several key issues will decide whether Senate Republican leaders can get the bill passed.

Trump cited the fact that as many as one out of every three US counties may not have more than just a single insurer selling Obamacare plans in 2018, and that premium prices for individual health plans have increased significantly in a number of states.

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