Trump changes tune on House healthcare bill, calls it 'mean'

Joanna Estrada
June 19, 2017

But just over a month ago, the president repeatedly praised the GOP-sponsored legislation, describing it as a "great plan" after a vote confirmed the bill's approval in the House.

President Donald Trump told Republican senators lunching at the White House Tuesday the House-passed health care reform bill he celebrated earlier this year was "mean".

We fear Republicans' efforts to keep the bill hidden mean that, like the House Republican bill, their legislation will leave millions of American without health insurance while driving up costs and weakening protections for others.

Drawing the most heated disapproval was House GOP leaders' decision to vote on their Obamacare repeal bill before the Congressional Budget Office could score the final version.

Thune also said President Trump did not give any deadlines to the senators on passing their bill.

Tuesday's lunch meeting resulted in little tangible progress on how to gain the support of almost all Republican senators needed for it to pass the Senate. They are so ashamed of their health care plan, they want to pass it in the dead of night.

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Senator John Thune (R-SD) said that although the Senate would like to repeal all of Obamacare's taxes, they would still like to consider all of their options.

A few days after the House bill passed, the president sat down with Time magazine and boasted that after brief study, he "understood everything there was to know about health care".

Asked if he'd seen details of the Senate GOP health care bill, Johnson said no.

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that more money might be needed for the Republican healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate. "When we passed the ACA", she said, "we had 57 bipartisan HELP committee hearings and meetings and roundtables". Though he indicated it's unclear what the bill will ultimately look like, he worries about the impact on the economy if "we don't get in the right direction". Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those restrictions.

The senators Trump invited to lunch included Republicans from both ideological camps.

But that was way back in May and Trump, who specializes in meaningless shilling, quickly moves on to the next sales pitch. That's what we're going to do.

Schumer added that he would be willing to work with Trump on fixing the AHCA.

The senator said Trump didn't state many policy preferences but said people with pre-existing conditions should be protected and spoke about making tax credits apply to lower-income people rather than allocated exclusively by age as the House bill did.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could still pass a bill without the votes of Lee and Paul, but he could afford no further defections from his caucus.

Such a failure would not get him a party on the White House lawn, but he and his colleagues could head home to their summer recess and tell constituents that, gosh darn it, they would have killed Obamacare if those pesky Democrats had not obstructed them.

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