Trump tells senators House health care bill is 'mean,' source says

Trump tells senators House health care bill is 'mean,' source says

Trump tells senators House health care bill is 'mean,' source says

Cruz told the Post, however, he is not "not remotely" compelled to vote for just any GOP healthcare bill to protect his image.

The president first attempted to push through a bill in March, but withdrew it at the last minute when House Speaker Paul Ryan told him he would not have the minimum 215 votes needed.

Mr Trump had called the House bill a "great plan" when it passed by four votes but it was heavily criticised and was unlikely to get through the Senate.

Meanwhile, if the Senate fails to pass a bill but the GOP's Obamacare sabotage continues, the health-care system would develop large coverage holes and face the risk of enrollment declines after years of progress expanding coverage. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those restrictions. "We have a very narrow majority in the Senate, 52 Republicans". Alienating any of them could make approving the measure trickier for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who's been hoping for a vote before Congress' July 4 recess.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., one of the 15 senators at the lunch, told Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" Tuesday that he would not "confirm anything that the president did or didn't say with respect to either the House bill or the Senate process".

Trump said whatever Republican health reform passes, it will be a "phenomenal bill" that's "generous, kind, with heart".

Their descriptions of Trump's words differed slightly.

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

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

Their push to extend coverage comes as the Office of the Actuary for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an analysis that predicted the House bill would cause almost 13 million more Americans to become uninsured over the next decade.

There seems to be agreement, however on protecting people with pre-existing conditions. They are being extremely secretive about the details of health care legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. "There's a group of guys in a backroom somewhere making these decisions", McCaskill said. The last bill's cost was thousands of dollars more for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions (no matter what age you are).

President Donald Trump speaks before having lunch with Republican Senators and White House staffers in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Another said Trump used a vulgar phrase to describe the House bill and told the senators, "We need to be more generous".

Mr Trump's remarks on the "mean" House bill are in stark contrast to his previous public position.

Trump had not publicly criticized the House bill previously. "I'm exhausted of Republicans promising they would repeal Obamacare and then negotiating to keep it".

AP reporters Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Kenneth Thomas and Jill Colvin contributed to this report. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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