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Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

It's been pretty public that he, subsequently, expanded the invitation list to include all Republican senators...

President Donald Trump, second from left, with Vice President Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kty., center, before the start of a meeting with House and Senate leaders at the White House. Senate conservatives, like House conservatives, want a quicker, 2-year roll back of the Medicaid expansion program.

Senate Republicans have not agreed on the plan, but it would provide OH and other states with seven additional years of federal money to help pay the costs of expanding coverage of Medicaid, a joint federal and state program that pays health-care costs for low-income and disabled people. In a Senate chamber where Republicans hold a narrow 52 to 48 advantage over the Democrats, the leader can't afford to lose more than two Republicans on a final vote and still pass the overall legislation.

After the House Republicans' first attempt to repeal the law went down in flames before even going to a vote thanks to a bad score from the Congressional Budget Office and some limited public debate, the Senate GOP is vowing to avoid the same mistakes.

He spoke days after yet another health insurer announced it is pulling out of a local Obamacare market in 2018.

The remarks provided ammunition to Democrats who have unanimously opposed the Republican effort to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. That is a worsening of support for the plan since May 25, when the same poll found 57 percent of voters disapproved of it, and 20 percent approved.

Senate Democrats on Tuesday continued to assail how Republican leaders are crafting legislation to overhaul the US health care system, calling it "legislative malpractice", and are using GOP leaders' own statements from years past to make their point. But senators are only starting to grapple with potentially painful tradeoffs that could make or break the GOP's seven-year promise to repeal Obamacare.

Despite his swipe at partisanship, Trump encouraged the GOP senators to continue to fix the House bill, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than if Obamacare were to stay intact.

"I heard you, Mr. Secretary, just say, 'We'd love your support, ' " McCaskill said.

"We know a lot about the subject, we know how complicated it is". We have no idea what's being proposed.

"There's a group of guys in a backroom somewhere that are making these decisions", she said. Typically, bills of this size and impact would subject to hearings or public examinations.

On Monday, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said, "The American people deserve a transparent legislative process with public hearings and input from experts".

Another GOP source with direct knowledge of the meeting told Fox that Trump told the group of 15 Republicans that they should build a "more generous" version of the American Health Care Act. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham acknowledged that "this is not the best way to do health care", but said "it't the way we're having to do it".