Ted Cruz Will Have to Work With GOP on Healthcare Reform

Ted Cruz Will Have to Work With GOP on Healthcare Reform

Ted Cruz Will Have to Work With GOP on Healthcare Reform

With Cruz and a dozen other GOP senators seated with him in the Cabinet Room, along with Vice President Mike Pence, Trump told reporters that he expects a "fantastic" bill that is generous and kind, even if it requires more funding from Congress - parameters that don't necessarily mesh with what GOP allies in Congress have been mulling.

President Donald Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that the House-passed health care bill he helped revive is "mean" and urged them to craft a version that is "more generous", congressional sources said. House Republicans were criticized for passing a bill before the CBO scored it. It was a startling slap at legislation that was shepherded by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and whose passage the president lobbied for and praised.

The alliance becomes more crucial as Senate leaders struggle to build conservative support for an emerging bill that has yet to win over hard-right Sens. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those efforts. With reports that the Senate wants to fast-track a vote before Independence Day, no one in the American public knows what may be on the table. They spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal a closed-door conversation.

"To call a bill that he pushed "mean" leaves us scratching our heads", Brat said.

Their descriptions of Trump's words differed slightly and they said the president did not specify what aspects of the bill he was characterizing.

"He wasn't prescribing deadlines, because I think he recognized what happened in the House wasn't good, and he wants to make sure that we have a process that proceeds in an orderly way", Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) said, according to ABC News.

One of the key issues is the fate of the expansion of Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor, under the Affordable Care Act.

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The bill - and a revised version that passed May 4 on a narrow 217-213 vote - was crafted far away from groups representing insurers, doctors, and patients who then came out in opposition.

In an embarrassing retreat, Ryan had to abruptly cancel a March vote on the House measure after a revolt by Republican conservatives and moderates that would have ensured its defeat. How is throwing 23 million people off their health insurance, charging premiums thousands of dollars more per year for health care for the elderly or people (infants to the aged) with pre-existing conditions and giving the rich huge tax breaks pro-life? Verizon closes Yahoo deal Trump calls House healthcare bill "mean" Overnight Regulation: FDA puts new nutrition labels on hold MORE (R-S.D.) said after the meeting with the president.

A group of 13 Republican senators are holed up behind closed doors to decide the next steps for the American Health Care Act, the Obamacare replacement bill that will affect the future health insurance of all Americans.

"I think he realizes, you know, our bill is going to move, probably, from where the House was and he seems fine with that", Thune said.

Just last weekend, Trump used his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., to hold a fundraising event for MacArthur that netted $800,000.

MacArthur's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's description of the bill MacArthur helped resuscitate.

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