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Trump Calls Health Care Bill He Celebrated in the Rose Garden 'Mean'

15 Juin 2017

Paul asserted in an interview earlier in June that the Republican bill adopted by the House kept "90 percent" of Obamacare. he called on Republicans not to try and rescue the Obamacare marketplace by injecting more funds into the Senate bill.

"I think we have the same dynamic in the caucus that we've had for a long time - people who are in different places on how we fix Medicaid and other issues", Thune told reporters after returning to the Capitol from the White House.

Trump's White House budget officer Mick Mulvaney argued in a recent interview that it was as if the CBO "went into it and said, 'Okay, we need this score to look bad".

Evidently, Trump has changed his mind.

Less than six weeks after he helped revive a flagging House Republican health care bill and push it to passage, President Donald Trump now says the measure is "mean" and is asking GOP senators to make it more generous. They agreed to language letting states drop requirements for higher premiums under Obama's health care law to protect with pre-existing medical conditions, and requiring insurers to cover specific services like maternity care. 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.

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". Senators very much need their bill to be perceived as much less damaging to the American health-care system than the House bill.

By multiple accounts, the Republican president denounced the House Republicans' proposal in no uncertain terms.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta later tweeted that Trump also called the bill a "son of a bitch", according to a source.

Last month, Lee said the House bill contains numerous fatal procedural flaws and would have to be rewritten.

President Donald Trump has promised that the Republicans' healthcare reform will be "generous" and "kind".

[Trump] made clear that the Senate needs to pass a bill that Republicans are able to more easily defend and is not viewed as an attack on Americans from low-income households, as the House bill has been portrayed by critics, the sources said.... Considering a number of offsets and spending, over the next decade the bill would save the government a total of $119 billion.

It's also telling that in New York's 19 Congressional District - considered one of the most promising Democratic pickups in 2018 - party volunteers are appealing to second-home owners from Brooklyn and Manhattan to try to bolster their ranks, as Frank Bruni reports in the Sunday New York Times. Indivisible, a nonprofit network aimed at resisting Trump's agenda, has a campaign strategy to take down the health care bill and even provides a script to use should you decide to call your legislators.

What he cares about, however, is a political win.

The president didn't elaborate on his remark about adding funding to the GOP's health plan, but it could be geared toward the iffy prospects the AHCA is expected to face in the Senate - where Republicans hold a four-seat advantage over Democrats and GOP support for the bill is less certain. Additionally, Fox News reported that the GOP has still not submitted its complete and final draft to the Congressional Budget Office; and it's still unclear what the complete version contains since no Republican is ready to release it. In all, 20 Republicans voted against the AHCA and it squeaked through the House by a vote of 217-213.

Trump Calls Health Care Bill He Celebrated in the Rose Garden 'Mean'