Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

The Senate appears to have President Donald Trump's blessing, as he told Senators this week that the House's AHCA was "mean", urging them to create a "more generous" bill.

"But, what I will say is he does believe, and I think, we can improve upon the House product ... and get a bill that is more workable for the American people", Thune added.

"In terms of strategery, I hope he's just trying to motivate the Senate", Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said Wednesday, employing a mangled word used by former President George W. Bush. Republicans are weighing changes to the House plan that include a slower phase-out of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, better protection for people with pre-existing conditions, and tax credits based on income as well as age.

Senate Republican leaders drafting a measure to revamp USA health-care policy appear to be following the same path as their House counterparts: writing a bill behind closed doors before springing it on other lawmakers and the public close to a vote. Tax credits written into the House's version of the AHCA do not have abortion restrictions on them, which some senators oppose. Sen. "We are going to come out with a real bill, not Obamacare", Trump said, according to CNN.

At the beginning of the lunch, which was open to the press for a few minutes, Trump said that the Senate is coming up with "a phenomenal" bill. "In my view we must, number one, honor our commitment to repeal Obamacare, and number two, implement reforms that lower premiums".

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

One said, "We aren't going to comment on rumors about private conversations that may or may not have happened".

It is good news that senators may make their bill more centrist rather than, as the House did, more austere in order to pass it. Trump has said he might consider withholding them but insurers say that would wreak havoc in the markets. House Republican leaders were able to get their health care bill over the finish line last month by injecting an extra $8 billion for certain states to subsidize the costs of sicker customers who could pay more. Tom Cotton, Alaska Sen.

It's not clear how many Senate votes could be earned with additional money for opioid addiction treatment or if it would even be a part of the final legislation. But many members, even Republicans, have no idea what the text of the bill contains. 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".

Trump will also meet with "Obamacare victims" on Tuesday when he travels to Wisconsin.

"There was a robust discussion involving the Senate's current work to rescue the American people from the failures of Obamacare", Whitlock said.

Time is of the essence.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also declined to say whether the Senate would hold a vote on the bill before the July 4 recess, as some in Senate leadership have aspired to do.

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