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Trump calls House health bill he backed 'mean'

Trump calls House health bill he backed 'mean'

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. That House bill was widely criticized for letting states seek waivers from insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. In other words, Senate Republican leadership learned a lesson from the rocky rollout of the House Obamacare repeal bill, which was supported only by Republicans, including Rep. Bruce Poliquin. John Thune (S.D.), the chamber's No. 3 Republican, said. Sen. "And he certainly is fine with us taking a different direction with what the House did".

The White House said on Tuesday it wouldn't comment "on rumors about private conversations that may or may not have happened".

His call for more funding, though, could make it more hard to sell the bill to House Republicans, who will meet with senators after a bill passes the Senate to reconcile the differences between the two legislative bodies.

Republican senators still disagree on major components of potential legislation, and the meeting with Trump did little to change their minds. And as of Tuesday morning, multiple aides to senators who sit on the working group responded in the negative when asked whether they have yet to see any text or version of a bill.

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". "We've got huge problems", said Ms. Capito, whose been outspoken about the prescription painkiller and heroin problem that is devastating the USA, particularly in swaths of Appalachia and New England.

The uproar about a Senate health care bill that critics say is being written in secret comes just weeks after similar accusations were leveled at House Republicans.

But the definition of phenomenal hasn't been agreed upon between senators.

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But that was way back in May and Trump, who specializes in meaningless shilling, quickly moves on to the next sales pitch.

"This is a great plan, and this is a repeal and a replace of Obamacare, make no mistake about it", Mr. Trump said at the time.

It's not clear how many Senate votes could be earned with additional money for opioid addiction treatment or if it would even be a part of the final legislation.

Senator David Perdue, R-Georgia, said the disagreement on which taxes to keep is a dividing the conference. His legislative affairs team has been closely involved, but the President himself has been removed - by design, multiple aides on Capitol Hill said.

Those payments help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income Americans.

The group of 13 senators that Trump invited to lunch includes Republicans from both ideological camps: moderate Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were on the list, as well as conservative Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. "We have a very narrow majority in the Senate, 52 Republicans". It's one of the few times I agree with him.

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