Donald Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

Utah's two senators and 13 of their Republican colleagues sat down with President Donald Trump on Tuesday about efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act but were tight-lipped about the meeting afterward.

The White House said on Tuesday it wouldn't comment "on rumors about private conversations that may or may not have happened".

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

"Generous, kind, with heart", Trump said, describing the forthcoming legislation with similar language that he employed privately.

"That may be adding additional money into it", he said, without offering details on how much money might be needed or how it might be used.

Asked to comment on Trump's remarks about the House measure, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said, "Congressional Republicans, with President Trump's support, are working to repeal and replace this awful Obamacare law that is harming Americans". But scratch the surface and you can understand the hesitation and uncertainty coming out of Senate Republicans as it relates to the American Health Care Act.

"It seemed like [Trump] finally understood", the source said, "that healthcare is unlikely to get done before August and maybe not even by the end of this year".

The sources say the president did not say what aspects of the bill he was characterizing. Patty Murray's request that he hold a hearing on health care legislation being written in secret by a panel of 11 male Republican senators.

A report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that under the House-approved bill, an estimated 23 million people would lose their health coverage by 2026.

Predictions in this political environment - and with Donald Trump in the White House - are a unsafe thing.

During a press conference after the working luncheon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, sticking to message, said the senate will let the public see the bill when they finally release it.

Trump's lunch included a number of more moderate Republicans, including Sens.

"The total bill hasn't been resolved", he said. The Medicaid expansion gradual phaseout reportedly garnered some moderate Republican support, including from Ohio Governor John Kasich, whose state expanded Medicaid. The Quinnipiac University Poll released last Thursday found that 62 percent of American voters disapprove of the Republican health-care plan, compared with just 17 percent who approve of it.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has criticized Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a key player in modifying the health-care legislation, for not being more transparent in the process. He cited the government's announcement Monday that some 2 million people who signed up for Obamacare have dropped out this year.

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