Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

President Donald Trump speaks before having lunch with Republican Senators and White House staffers in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'
Warren Dawson | 21 June, 2017, 07:06

The uproar about a Senate health care bill that critics say is being written in secret comes just weeks after similar accusations were leveled at House Republicans.

Rank-and-file Republicans, including Lindsey Graham of SC and Jeff Flake of Arizona, say they don't know what's in an emerging Obamacare replacement that's been under negotiation since the House passed its version in early May.

Republican Senate leadership is targeting a vote before the July 4 recess. "If they were proud of the bill, they would say, 'Let's debate it.' They're ashamed of the bill". Ted Cruz and a dozen other GOP senators over lunch on Tuesday that he expects a "fantastic" bill to replace Obamacare on his desk "as soon as possible".

On Tuesday, reporters were temporarily barred from interviewing senators in Senate hallways without prior permission from the Senate Rules Committee. "You're free to ask anybody anything". Thune said Trump said senators have to "make sure" to protect them.

After a long pause - and consulting with an aide - Hatch began to respond, "I don't know that there's going to be another hearing, but we've invited you to participate and give your ideas". Left unsaid was Trump's apparent belief that the House version, which he touted vigorously, wasn't generous or kind, and obviously lacked heart.

It was passed before being fully assessed - and a later assessment from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded some 23 million people would lose health insurance over the next decade. Heck, most members of the Senate don't even know - and that's especially true for New Jersey, where our two Democratic senators are on the outside of that closed door.

"I've seen him come along and be pretty constructive", Sen. But at least have the decency, honor, a little bit of courage. House Republicans were criticized for passing a bill before the CBO scored it. No Democrats are expected to support it.

Secrecy breeds suspicion, so there is good reason to be very suspicious of a health care bill crafted by the Senate's Republican leaders.

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Republicans are trying to win over more moderate voices such as Sen. Indeed, if they don't release the bill until after the CBO's report, and hold to their plan to take a vote on the legislation before their July Fourth recess, the public will have nearly no time to absorb it, let alone convey their sentiments to their lawmakers. Chuck Schumer in more bipartisan times. Tell you what, there is a lot of talent standing behind me.

Remember the GOP complaints about the way the Affordable Care Act came into being?

Many Republicans say the closed-door negotiating process is necessary to find the right balance to get the needed votes. The president's maladministration could include lax enforcement of the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, inadequate efforts to enroll more people in coverage and other gratuitous subversions of the finely tuned system Obamacare sought to create. John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican taking part in the negotiations.

"Just to check the box for political reasons, I don't think Sen".

Last month, Lee said the House bill contains numerous fatal procedural flaws and would have to be rewritten. Not that either. Anthem explained clearly what is responsible for its retreat: Republican sabotage of the health-care system. "But it's the way we're having to do it".

Hatch's spokesman, Matt Whitlock, said the senator appreciated meeting with Trump.

"But we have an awesome group of people standing behind me", the president added. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin. Without them, insurers would have to jack up premiums to cover their costs or leave markets that would become deeply unprofitable to them. The House bill would eliminate those subsidies and offer tax credits instead. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, to a measure that blocks funding to Planned Parenthood is among them.

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