Trump calls House healthcare bill 'mean'

It was a startling slap at legislation that was shepherded by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and whose passage the president lobbied for and praised.

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.

During President Donald Trump's working luncheon with Senate Republicans on health care reform Tuesday, Trump didn't provide a definitive timeline when reporters asked him for one but instead said "as soon as we could do it".

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.

"He wasn't prescribing deadlines, because I think he recognized what happened in the House wasn't good, and he wants to make sure that we have a process that proceeds in an orderly way", Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) said, according to ABC News.

The sources told The Associated Press that the president did not say what aspects of the bill he was characterizing.

At the start of the lunch, Trump told the lawmakers their healthcare bill would need to be "generous" and "kind". Another congressional source said Trump used a vulgar phrase to describe the bill and urged the senators to make it "more generous". "But that's because there are no Democrats who know what's in the GOP health care bill". House Republican leaders were able to get their health care bill over the finish line last month by injecting an extra $8 billion for certain states to subsidize the costs of sicker customers who could pay more. He would also remove some of the state waiver authority on coverage and pre-existing conditions that was added to win House support from its most conservative members.

Did Trump encourage the passing of a bill he truly didn't support in the hopes of gaining a purely symbolic victory over the Democrats?

"Let's be blunt. It is insane to pretend to have a bipartisan hearing on lowering drug prices when right now, today, 13 Republicans are writing a secret bill to kick 23 million people off health insurance and their prescription drug benefits".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch MicConnell and the Republicans are now drafting a new version of the AHCA. They spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal a closed-door conversation.

Johnson has made the case that Republicans should not rush efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law.

That's because the Senate healthcare bill must save at least as much money as the House's legislation.

The White House declined to comment. Whereas the AHCA included tax credits based purely on age to help people buy insurance, the Senate plans to alter those credits to be more generous to lower-income Americans. Differences still exist over how to deal with Medicaid and the expansion of the program authorized under Obamacare. He cited the government's announcement Monday that some two million enrollees who signed up for Obamacare have dropped out this year. Susan Collins of ME, but could end up alienating conservatives, such as Sen.

  • Larry Hoffman