Trump tells Senators new GOP healthcare bill is 'mean'

Trump tells Senators new GOP healthcare bill is 'mean'

The sources told The Associated Press that the president did not say what aspects of the bill he was characterizing. Indeed, if they don't release the bill until after the CBO's report, and hold to their plan to take a vote on the legislation before their July Fourth recess, the public will have nearly no time to absorb it, let alone convey their sentiments to their lawmakers.

"As soon as we can do it", Mr. Trump said. "This is a great plan, I actually think it will get even better".

Yet Republicans such as Ms. Capito, Mr. Portman and Dean Heller of Nevada are looking for a more gradual phaseout of generous federal funding that their states used to expand Medicaid for the poor, saying they would like to avoid an abrupt "cliff" in 2020, when the House bill would freeze the expansion.

A recurring line of opposition was that it doesn't fully cover Americans with pre-existing conditions. Donald Trump is upset that he is going to get saddled with the political fallout from this bill. "He talked about making sure that we have a bill that protects people with preexisting conditions". Disagreements between conservatives and moderates have slowed progress on the bill. In other words, Senate Republican leadership learned a lesson from the rocky rollout of the House Obamacare repeal bill, which was supported only by Republicans, including Rep. Bruce Poliquin. "We've got huge problems", said Ms. Capito, whose been outspoken about the prescription painkiller and heroin problem that is devastating the USA, particularly in swaths of Appalachia and New England. The version of the bill that passed the House of Representatives in May would force 23 million people off of their health care plans, according to the CBO. The House bill would eliminate those subsidies and offer tax credits instead. Considering a number of offsets and spending, over the next decade the bill would save the government a total of $119 billion.

Asked to comment on Trump's remarks about the House measure, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said, "Congressional Republicans, with President Trump's support, are working to repeal and replace this awful Obamacare law that is harming Americans".




Americans deeply disapprove of the AHCA. Just 17 percent of Americans approve it.

The White House declined to comment on private conversations between Trump and lawmakers. "How do we do it?'" Democrats point out the landmark health law was debated and voted upon by three House committees and two in the Senate, with opportunities to amend it.

Prominent conservative groups such as FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and Club for Growth played a significant role in the revolt against the initial version of the House's American Health Care Act (AHCA), which many conservatives chided as Obamacare-Lite and Ryancare. The president's maladministration could include lax enforcement of the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, inadequate efforts to enroll more people in coverage and other gratuitous subversions of the finely tuned system Obamacare sought to create.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to vote on the health care bill before the July 4th recess.

"We have no idea what is being proposed".

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