Trump Describes His Health Care Bill As "Mean"

Claudine Rigal
Juin 22, 2017

"If we bring forward something that doesn't repeal Obamacare and doesn't bring down the cost of health care, that's probably something I won't be able to vote for", he said.

There's just one hiccup with that plan: nearly everyone seems to be in the dark about the legislation.

President Donald Trump told GOP Senators that he thinks the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House is "mean", according to the Associated Press.

The Senate is still working on the text of a draft bill.

One GOP Senate aide said there wasn't a lot of substance in the meeting. They've already sent their secret "health care" bill to the Congressional Budget Office without sharing it with us, or Senate Democrats. Can you say it was done openly?

Thune also said Trump did not give any deadlines to the senators on passing the bill. "Well, we may. But we're just going to talk a little bit about the plan, how good it is, some of the great features".

Senator John Thune (R-SD) said that although the Senate would like to repeal all of Obamacare's taxes, they would still like to consider all of their options.

But other GOP lawmakers are publicly venting their frustrations.

Trump's remarks came during a lunch with 15 Republican senators. "They know they have the hard right on their backs, saying you gotta do something".

Asked if she was frustrated and whether she wishes there were hearings on the legislation, she answered: "Yes".

Democrats are accusing the Senate of engaging in the same secretive process. Sen. It was done behind closed doors, Republicans said. "Opening it to scrutiny before a vote would be the congressional equivalent of exposing a vampire to sunlight".

"Many of you have been waiting seven years to cast this vote", Ryan said to the scores of Republican House members present. Trump said he wants the Senate version to be "more generous," the sources said.

"This should be an open and transparent process", Paul said at the time.

Lost amid the din are true infamies-legislation that the Republican Congress is pushing that poses a direct threat to millions of Americans. There were no hearings held about the legislation.

Do not be fooled by the complacency of the Democratic Party, the lack of media coverage, or the impulse you might have to believe that the Republicans in power do not possess the moral void to throw 23 million Americans off of health insurance.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to vote on the health care bill before the July 4th recess.

While most of us are focused on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

After the meeting with senators, Trump flew to Wisconsin, where, for the second week in a row, he highlighted the stories of people whose health care premiums have increased - people the White House has dubbed "Obamacare victims". But it also includes more moderate members who are anxious about a bill that would result in larger numbers of uninsured people, higher premiums for older people and rural residents, and defunding of Planned Parenthood.

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