Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

Senate Republicans Are Using A Special Rule To Vote On Health Care

The positive comments about the Senate plan tracks with Trump telling reporters during the meeting that the Senate should spend more on the bill to make it "generous, kind (and) with heart".

The president's characterization of the AHCA may seem odd, given the Rose Garden victory lap he held for the law when it passed the House in May - where he lauded House leadership for putting together an "unbelievable" bill. But many members, even Republicans, have no idea what the text of the bill contains.

While the White House has taken unprecedented action to move President Trump's agenda forward, the Republican-controlled Congress has struggled to find its governing footing. Under reconciliation, the procedural process that Republicans are using to pass legislation to avoid a filibuster, the Senate debate is limited to 20 hours.

Senate Republicans were hopelessly deadlocked between conservatives and moderates. While they can spend more money on certain areas, they still have to hit the $133 billion marker to comply with Senate rules. If that ends up being the case, it's possible that the bill may become something that both the conservatives and their more moderate antagonists can oppose.

Once the Senate drafts its own health bill, one that complies with reconciliation, then one of two things could happen: the House could pass the Senate version as is or conference the bill, which creates a committee to reconcile the differences. Now that the rest of America is starting to pay attention to the legislation the GOP is pushing to replace Obamacare - the polling isn't looking pretty.

"There are third rails that they can touch in the bill", David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, said.

While most of us are focused on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Cotton, Alaska Sen.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who has been part of a group of senators working on the draft legislation, said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week" that he was unsure he could vote for the bill based on what he has seen of it.

The New York Democrat cited critical comments Vice President Mike Pence, then an IN congressman, made after the 2010 health care law passed about the process used by Democrats.

Trump did not discuss the House GOP health care plan in any detail, but said the Senate is getting ready to do something.

"I've said from day one that I want to get to yes", the Texas Republican said, the Post reported.

The House and Senate remain far apart on health issues, including rolling back the Medicaid expansion and curtailing protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. "I really appreciate what you're doing to come out with a bill that's going to be a phenomenal bill to the people of our country".

"Just to check the box for political reasons, I don't think Sen. But he wants to get the job done". "So I will just say that is disconcerting". "If we're going to overhaul this program, which we need to by virtue of Obamacare, we can at least put it on a sustainable path".

President Donald Trump, center, gestures during a meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. His legislative affairs team has been closely involved, but the president himself has been removed - by design, multiple aides say.

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