Trump tells senators to be 'more generous' with health care spending

Top GOP senator: The secretive process of writing the healthcare bill is 'like having a baby'

Top GOP senator: The secretive process of writing the healthcare bill is 'like having a baby'

Though the prospects remain uncertain, Trump predicted while meeting with GOP senators Tuesday they would produce a bill that is "phenomenal", "fantastic" and "kind".

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

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., one of the 15 senators at the lunch, told Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" Tuesday that he would not "confirm anything that the president did or didn't say with respect to either the House bill or the Senate process. If it's Obamacare light that will be hard for me", said Sen.

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.

"We are coming up with something that I believe will be very good", President Donald Trump said of the bill on Monday.

Trump told reporters after the meeting that the Senate would come out with a "real bill, not Obamacare".

Trump's flip-flop didn't go without notice. "That is what I am saying", Trump said.

Drawing the most heated disapproval was House GOP leaders' decision to vote on their Obamacare repeal bill before the Congressional Budget Office could score the final version.

When Republican senators heard about Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte body-slamming a reporter who was so rude as to ask him a question about health care, they apparently said to themselves, "We need to make sure that never happens to us".

There was a robust discussion involving the Senate's current work to rescue the American people from the failures of Obamacare.-Matt Whitlock, Sen.

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.

'Consumers are sending a clear message that cost and affordability are major factors in their decision to cancel or terminate coverage, ' said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a statement.

Following the narrow passage last month of a Republican health care bill in the House of Representatives, the president declared in a Rose Garden speech that Obamacare was 'essentially dead'. That bill was widely criticized for allowing states to seek waivers from insurance protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

His comments also seemed to undercut efforts by Senate conservatives to include restrictions in their chamber's bill, such as cutting the Medicaid health care program for the poor and limiting the services insurers must cover.

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. It's unclear when the revisions will be completed (Trump said only that "we're very close"), and there has been no public release of the bill's details.

So the president now wants the Senate to pass a less "mean" bill so that the Republican plan will "be received well" and maybe his approval rating will reach 40%.

"The total bill hasn't been resolved", he said. "Senate Republicans are squirreled away behind closed doors, writing a bill they won't let the public read", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer told reporters Tuesday.

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