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.
"As people learned the details of the House bill, it became less and less popular", Ginsburg says.
That new bill is being crafted in private by the Senate's Republicans. Not that either. Anthem explained clearly what is responsible for its retreat: Republican sabotage of the health-care system.
It's unclear when the Senate will have legislation ready, but GOP leaders have indicated they hope to vote on legislation by July 4, only a few weeks away. They spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal a closed-door conversation. It was a bill that was rammed through on short notice without Republican input or bipartisan support, with so little information that Democrats said they'd have to pass it before people could learn what it contained.
Two other congressional GOP officials confirmed that the general descriptions of Trump's words were accurate.
Both Hatch and Lee were unavailable for comment after the White House luncheon Tuesday.
Sounds a lot like complaints from Republicans when a Democrat-controlled Congress passed the Affordable Care Act containing volumes of rules and guidelines nearly no one - including Democrats - bothered to read.
Democratic lawmakers largely opposed the bill, arguing that not all individuals can obtain a Social Security number that can be verified at application time, including some lawfully present immigrants.
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.
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Yet Democrats say Republicans are trying to obfuscate changes to Obamacare that could leave certain populations worse off, including older Americans who don't yet qualify for Medicare. "Many of you are here because you pledged to cast this vote".
His comments come after he hosted 13 Republican senators for lunch at the White House in a bid to help the lawmakers find common ground to move forward with healthcare reform legislation this summer.
Meadows, who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said, "I have no knowledge of the president characterizing the health care bill in any other way than to suggest that we need to lower premiums and" protect people with pre-existing conditions.
Just last weekend, Trump used his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., to hold a fundraising event for MacArthur that netted $800,000.
Trump had not publicly criticized the House bill previously.
The Republican plan would likely generate an initial economic growth spurt from the tax cuts aimed at higher-income taxpayers, Leighton Ku, director of the Center for Health Policy Research at the Milken Institute School for Public Health said in a statement.