Trump told senators the Obamacare repeal bill he once celebrated is 'mean'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 19:57
Congressional sources later told the Associated Press that the president said the House health care plan is "mean" and that the Senate version should be "more generous".
The president's characterization of the AHCA may seem odd, given the Rose Garden victory lap he held for the law when it passed the House in May - where he lauded House leadership for putting together an "unbelievable" bill.
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".
The report about Mr. Trump's comments emerged moments after Mr. Trump lashed out against Obamacare, and touted the future of health care during brief remarks in Wisconsin, where he landed Tuesday afternoon to discuss workforce development, the White House's theme for the week.
"I think we have to really take a look at this, and I think the American people need to take a look at it", Johnson told Bloomberg.
"There are third rails that they can touch in the bill", David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, said.
Trump said at the time that he brought the lawmakers over - on buses from Capitol Hill, no less - after the bill narrowly passed through the House because "we want to brag about the plan." . But in a May 28 tweet that raised questions about his intent, he said, "I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere".
"As this was a private lunch, the senator prefers to leave the specifics of the discussion private, but nonetheless was very pleased at the opportunity to meet with the president and discuss this critical issue".
During the portion of the lunch open to reporters, Trump told the lawmakers their healthcare bill would need to be "generous" and "kind".
Republican Senate leadership is targeting a vote before the July 4 recess. The chamber's second-ranking Republican, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, has said his colleagues are working toward getting 51 votes.
Paul asserted in an interview earlier in June that the Republican bill adopted by the House kept "90 percent" of Obamacare. he called on Republicans not to try and rescue the Obamacare marketplace by injecting more funds into the Senate bill.
The study estimates that the House bill would also reduce federal spending by $328 billion over 10 years, compared with $119 billion in the CBO analysis.
"That may be adding additional money into it", he said, without offering details on how much money might be needed or how it might be used.
It is unclear what effect Trump's comments might have.
AP reporters Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Kenneth Thomas and Jill Colvin contributed to this report. During a Sunday appearance on ABC News' "This Week," Lee said he has "some grave concerns about what we're doing so far".