President Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that the House GOP health-care bill was "mean" and he expects the Senate to "improve" the legislation considerably, according to several Republicans familiar with the gathering.
Rank-and-file Republicans, including Lindsey Graham of SC and Jeff Flake of Arizona, say they don't know what's in an emerging Obamacare replacement that's been under negotiation since the House passed its version in early May. At a Rose Garden ceremony minutes after the bill's narrow House passage on May 4, Trump called it "a great plan".
"They're ashamed of the bill", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said Monday on the Senate floor.
In June, Trump has decided the House bill he loved so much is mean and the secret Senate bill is fantastic. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those restrictions. In all, 20 Republicans voted against the AHCA and it squeaked through the House by a vote of 217-213.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch MicConnell and the Republicans are now drafting a new version of the AHCA. The white men in suits cheered while Trump spoke as if they had just written the Magna Carta.
Two other congressional GOP officials confirmed that the general descriptions of Trump's words were accurate.
Another congressional source said Trump used a vulgar phrase to describe the bill and urged the senators to make it "more generous".
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She showed her bare baby bump and soft smiled against a colorful flower scheme in the background. She captioned her Instagram post, "We would like to share our love and happiness".
In an embarrassing retreat, Ryan had to abruptly cancel a March vote on the House measure after a revolt by Republican conservatives and moderates that would have ensured its defeat.
Other problems include funding for tax credits to allow people to gain access to insurance coverage and maintaining Obamacare's essential health benefits, which mandate a minimum of health procedures that insurance plans must cover.
While Washington remains focused on that big Russian cloud over the Trump administration, Republicans are proceeding apace with their plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and deprive millions of Americans of their health care coverage. "There's a group of guys in a backroom somewhere making these decisions", McCaskill said. "Many of you are here because you pledged to cast this vote".
Asked to comment on Trump's remarks about the House measure, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said, "Congressional Republicans, with President Trump's support, are working to repeal and replace this awful Obamacare law that is harming Americans".
Thune said the group also discussed an effort he is leading to increase the tax credits in the bill to give more assistance to low-income and older people than the House bill did.
Mr Trump's remarks on the "mean" House bill are in stark contrast to his previous public position. He previously described the bill as "incredibly well crafted".