Trump reportedly tells GOP senators that the House healthcare bill is 'mean'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 16:06
Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said that Trump expressed his hopes that the bill would include protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and that the president discussed ways to include a tax credit that would protect elderly and lower-income people. During a portion of the lunch that was open to reporters, the president told the senators that their health care bill would need to be "generous" and "kind".
CNN reported that in a lunch with Republican senators at the White House on Tuesday, Trump called the House-passed health care bill "mean" and stated that he supported the Senate's purported move away from the House version.
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.
The AHCA was projected by the Congressional Budget Office to cause 23 million fewer people to have insurance over the next decade compared to Obamacare, and found that premiums would skyrocket for people with pre-existing conditions and women seeking maternity care in states that waive Obamacare regulations on insurers. According to the Associated Press, Trump told GOP Senators that the AHCA is "mean."
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.
The meeting came as Senate Republicans were struggling to build support for their health-care rewrite among conservatives who are concerned that the legislation is drifting too far to the left.
A Hatch spokesman said the senator appreciated the president having him and the group of senators at the White House but wouldn't talk about details from the lunch meeting.
Moderates, including Capito, have held great sway in the discussions as Senate leaders worked to secure the 50 votes necessary to pass a health-care bill.
Those payments help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income Americans.
"If we're going to repeal the Obamacare taxes, let's do it when we do all the other tax stuff", he said.
"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.
"I don't know because I have no idea if we even have a bill", Murkowski said.
"It's going to be an unbelievable victory when we get it through the Senate", he added. Trump has said he might consider withholding them but insurers say that would wreak havoc in the markets.
Many Republicans say the closed-door negotiating process is necessary to find the right balance to get the needed votes.
Next, the Senate will come up with their version of the same bill.
California has a history of commitment to providing health coverage to as many people as possible.
While all eyes were on James Comey, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set about destroying health-care coverage for Americans.
Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, said the closed-door process has given his colleagues space to have hard and complex intra-party debate.