Trump confirms he called health care bill 'mean'

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

President Donald Trump seemed to confirm reports that he called the House of Representatives' healthcare bill "mean" during a "Fox & Friends" interview that aired Sunday morning.

While neither of Louisiana's Republican U.S. senators has committed to back the Senate GOP health care plan, advocacy groups seeking to keep the current Obamacare law intact have their focus squarely on only one of them: physician Bill Cassidy.

As Senate Republicans plan for a vote, Schumer told ABC's This Week that "I think it's 50-50" for passage. Or as one economist described it, they'll face a choice between paying a premium they can't afford or paying a deductible they can't afford.

"We have a very good plan", Trump said in an interview broadcast in the USA on Sunday. At least five Republican senators have said they can't vote for the latest version in its present form.

As the New York Times' Margot Sanger-Katz wrote: "Many middle-income Americans would be expected to pay a larger share of their income to purchase health insurance that covers a smaller share of their care". But now that it's actually happening, I still find it hard to believe.

"They fight each other", the United States leader continued. "The level of hostility".

The nonsense isn't limited to Trump administration officials. Sen.

"She's a hopeless case". I think she's a highly overrated voice'. "And let's sit down and start working toward repairing the basic concept of what we have in the Affordable Care Act".

Paul said he would only vote for the bill if it substantially repealed the ACA, which it does not do as it now stands.

ROVNER: Well, of course, there's only 52 Republicans in the Senate. I hope I'm not lying to myself. Conway went on to claim she is "very confident" that the bill will pass the Senate - a bill that will take away "draconian" Obamacare taxes on medical devices, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications.

"I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on ABC.

"And honestly", he said, "nobody can be totally happy, even without the votes".

"Small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation", he wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. He is seeking to push a final package through the Senate before the July 4 recess. On Friday a fifth GOP senator, Dean Heller of Nevada, said he does not support the bill. As an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer, I urge Sen.

Johnson's Democratic counterpart representing Wisconsin, Sen.

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition. "They're doing the same old Washington thing, throwing more money at the problem".

Stating that the "total number of dollars that are going to be dedicated to Medicaid are not enough", Kasich added that the bill "creates more instability and more confusion". Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

He said he has made his views clear to the party leadership and the White House. "That's the kind of thing we're trying to fix".

The House approved its version of the bill last month.

Pence's visit comes as Senate Republicans review a new health care plan and weigh the political benefits and liabilities of moving forward. He says the bill offers too many tax credits that help poorer people to buy insurance. "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare".

"I think there's a misunderstanding about what the entire plan is", Price said. Famous last words, right?

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, said Democrats would be working hard to defeat the bill, having already made clear they would co-operate with Republicans if they agreed to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.

Some Democrats say they're ready to negotiate.

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