Trump labeling House health care bill 'mean' frustrates GOP
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 2:46
President Donald Trump, having lunch with senators in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Tuesday, suggested that more money may be needed to make health care reform "generous" and "kind" - and passable through the Senate.
Separately, when reporters asked how much time the public deserved to see the bill before a vote, Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said, "Well, I think we're not anxious so much about that as we are getting it together so we can get a majority to vote for it". In 2003, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) retreated with all the Republican conferees and two of seven Democrats into his Capitol hideaway office in a group he called "the coalition of the willing".
House Republicans have pushed through a bill that seeks to ensure people in the country illegally can not get tax credits to pay their health insurance premiums.
Conservative Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that passing a Senate health care bill will involve making some tough choices.
Prominent conservative groups such as FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and Club for Growth played a significant role in the revolt against the initial version of the House's American Health Care Act (AHCA), which many conservatives chided as Obamacare-Lite and Ryancare.
But ensuring people with pre-existing conditions have coverage and protecting people with Medicaid are expensive, leading to another major issue of contention - which Obamacare taxes to keep in place.
There was a robust discussion involving the Senate's current work to rescue the American people from the failures of Obamacare.-Matt Whitlock, Sen.
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) talk Tuesday at a lunch with 13 Republican senators at the White House.
The White House declined to comment. "That is what I am saying", Trump said.
Trump, angered by the fact no Democrats are working with him on repeal, has slammed the party as "obstructionists", even going so far as to say that he would behave differently if he were a senator. "We will come out with a real bill, not Obamacare". In an effort to win over wary Republicans in tenuous insurance markets, the Senate health plan could include $15 billion in 2018 and another $15 billion in 2019 aimed at steadying them, several sources said.
Republicans are trying to win over more moderate voices such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, to a measure that blocks funding to Planned Parenthood is among them. And one should never underestimate McConnell's legislative skill or the tendency of even the more sensible Republicans to act like Republicans when the pressure is on.
"They have not given us anything", one Senate Republican aide told CNN. Don't forget, Obamacare took 17 months.
"That's the part that's moving around on us", he said. "If it's Obamacare light that will be hard for me", said Sen.
Time is of the essence.