Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 2

Trump's labeling of the House bill as "mean" was a significant shift of tone that followed months of private and public negotiations, during which he called the bill "great" and urged GOP lawmakers to vote for it. During a portion of the lunch that was open to reporters, the president told the senators that their health care bill would need to be "generous" and "kind".

The uproar about a Senate health care bill that critics say is being written in secret comes just weeks after similar accusations were leveled at House Republicans.

The AHCA was projected by the Congressional Budget Office to cause 23 million fewer people to have insurance over the next decade compared to Obamacare, and found that premiums would skyrocket for people with pre-existing conditions and women seeking maternity care in states that waive Obamacare regulations on insurers.

A second source familiar with Tuesday's meeting, which included a mix of moderate and ultra-conservative voices, said Trump avoided pushing the senators to set a deadline for a healthcare vote. The Senate has a Republican majority of only two votes.

Trump made replacing the ACA a priority during his campaign for president, saying the bill signed into law under President Obama has been a disaster. Find us on Facebook too!

This secretive process, involves only the leaders of the Republican Party. "We'll come out with a real bill, not Obamacare, and the results are going to be fantastic. and everybody's going to be happy".

Republicans apparently have no plan to release a draft of the bill to the public.

The bill requires agencies to verify an applicant's Social Security number before the Treasury Department pays the tax credit to a health insurer.

"As soon as we can do it", Mr. Trump said.

Trump indicated further resources may be needed to reform Obamacare, telling the senators, "That may be adding additional money into it", according to Reuters. The president hosted a big celebration at the White House - a rarity for a bill that had only passed one chamber - and touted the GOP legislation as a triumph.

The group of 13 senators that Trump invited to lunch includes Republicans from both ideological camps: moderate Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were on the list, as well as conservative Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, and conservatives like Sens.

Trump has so far largely left the Senate to do its work, remaining hands off through a hard process.

"To call a bill that he pushed "mean" leaves us scratching our heads", Brat said. An unbelievable amount of talent, that I can tell you. In a viral video taken on June 9 during a Senate Finance Committee meeting, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) rebuked Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for the Republicans' partisan handling of the bill, likening the Republicans' drafting of the bill to "a group of guys in a back room somewhere". 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.

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