Trump reportedly tells GOP senators that the House healthcare bill is 'mean'

Trump reportedly tells GOP senators that the House healthcare bill is 'mean'

Trump reportedly tells GOP senators that the House healthcare bill is 'mean'

If the GOP-controlled Congress actually manages to agree on repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and then gets the votes necessary to enact a replacement law that eviscerates the federal Medicaid program - as President Trump has promised - California would lose more than $15 billion a year in federal funding, according to a report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. At a Rose Garden ceremony minutes after the bill's narrow House passage on May 4, Trump called it "a great plan".

But according to a GOP Senate aide, who was granted anonymity to be able to speak freely about private conversations, the president told senators he met with Tuesday that the House's version of the health care bill is "mean" and he wants the Senate to generate a more generous package with more "heart". Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those efforts. Can you tell us how the Senate bill will impact both the youngest and oldest Americans? The white men in suits cheered while Trump spoke as if they had just written the Magna Carta.

Independent Journal Review's Haley Byrd tweeted on Monday that when asked by reporters if he would like to know more about the health care bill, Graham said "no".

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

A Hatch spokesman said the senator appreciated the president having him and the group of senators at the White House but wouldn't talk about details from the lunch meeting.

At a Senate health committee hearing Tuesday that was supposed to focus on high prescription-drug prices, Democrats criticized Republican efforts to develop their health bill in secret. Republicans hope to pass their bill this summer before they leave for the August recess.

Realizing the difficulty of the reform's approval, the President suggested two weeks ago that the Senate changes its rules in order to pass the health law with a simple majority of 51 votes instead of 60 which are needed under current rules.

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The measure's final version reflected a compromise by conservative leader Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.

A White House official declined to comment to CBS News.

Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, said the closed-door process has given his colleagues space to have hard and complex intra-party debate. 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).

Now, while the media and American citizens are fixated on each daily warp of the soap operatic presidency of Donald Trump, McConnell has huddled behind locked doors with his Republican loyalists and favored lobbyists to assemble a healthcare scheme that will disassemble Obamacare.

"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.

Like Schumer, Ginsburg also thinks that it is a deliberate strategy by Republican Senate leadership to get a bill passed with as little public attention as possible.

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