Trump criticizes Republican healthcare reform

During a lunchtime meeting at the White House between 15 senators and Trump, the president said the AHCA was "mean" and asked them to craft a "more generous" bill, according to the Associated Press and CNN, citing congressional sources with knowledge of the meeting.

Mr Trump had called the House bill a "great plan" when it passed by four votes but it was heavily criticised and was unlikely to get through the Senate.

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.

Now, however, he is sounding a different tune. Left unsaid was Trump's apparent belief that the House version, which he touted vigorously, wasn't generous or kind, and obviously lacked heart.

According to the latest polling, from Quinnipiac University, 44 percent of people expect health insurance costs will go up under the House Republican bill and 57 percent think fewer people with have insurance coverage.

Murray noted the sharp contrast with 2010, when a Democratic-run Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans in the Senate are making changes of their own, acknowledging that they need 50 senators to pass a health bill through the Senate's budget reconciliation process (with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie).

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who attended a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, said upon returning to Capitol Hill that she couldn't say whether GOP leaders were taking into account her suggestions.

In May, a Kaiser health tracking poll found that most Americans view the proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act unfavorably.

One GOP Senate aide said there wasn't a lot of substance in the meeting. Disagreements between conservatives and moderates have slowed progress on the bill.

Unfortunately, the American public may not have those opportunities with the Senate's AHCA bill.

Like Schumer, Ginsburg also thinks that it is a deliberate strategy by Republican Senate leadership to get a bill passed with as little public attention as possible.

One said, "We aren't going to comment on rumors about private conversations that may or may not have happened".

Some Republicans who have largely been left outside the deliberations say they can't predict what they'll do.

Senate Republican leaders say they still hope to vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare before lawmakers leave town for the July 4th recess.

As Republican leaders look to build support for the health care overhaul they are writing behind closed doors, they are trying to reassure senators who fear vulnerable constituents would lose access to care. That's what we're going to do. He has suggested the proper course may be to pass a short-term bill to stabilize individual health coverage markets, followed by a more sweeping measure in the long term.

Trump accused congressional Democrats of obstruction and said they would not provide even one vote for "the best plan ever". Considering a number of offsets and spending, over the next decade the bill would save the government a total of $119 billion.

Conservatives like Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have also come out against a slower phase-out of this funding, making a compromise more hard.

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