Trump tells senators the House healthcare bill is 'mean'

President Donald Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For Republicans health care is becoming a big political gamble. Not only are they trying

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Senate Republicans to pass a "generous" replacement program for Obamacare, as the Senate struggled to produce an alternative to the healthcare law.

Trump's remarks were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage he lobbied for and praised, according to the Associated Press.

The Senate has worked for almost a month now on its Obamacare replacement bill, which is expected to include some features of the House's American Health Care Act but differs in other aspects, like Medicaid expansion funding and Obamacare taxes.

While they have both participated in the Senate GOP health care talks, moderate GOP Sens.

"My advice is if we can't replace Obamacare by ourselves, to go to the Democrats and say this: Ten percent of the sick people in this country drive 90 percent of the cost for all of us".

But his call for more funding could make it more hard to sell the bill to House Republicans, who will meet with senators if the bill passes the Senate to reconcile the differences between the two legislative bodies.

After the White House pressured the House to vote quickly in a tense process, Thune said Senate Republicans were looking to avoid similar missteps.

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But once the House passed its legislation in early May and the Senate began drafting its own bill in earnest, "it's been radio silence".

"Generous, kind, with heart". Bring your friends. I'll see you at the polls. Trump, before he took office, said a number of times he didn't understand why the US doesn't negotiate on the price of drugs.

Republican Senate leaders may strike an initial deal on health care legislation to dismantle Obamacare in the coming days.

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.

However, it looks like the two Republican factions may be able to strike a compromise on the main sticking point, federal government subsidies for Medicaid expansion - one of the features of the #affordable care act.

Trump's lunch included a number of more moderate Republicans, including Sens. "We're not going to have hearings on a bill that impacts one-sixth of our economy".

Johnson has made the case that Republicans should not rush efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. Republicans, however, have refused to hold public hearings on a bill that would affect almost one-sixth of the country's economy and are prepared to bypass the regular committee process and bring the legislation directly to the Senate floor. Tom Cotton, Alaska Sen. That is why McConnell and his fellow senators are trying to keep their version of repealing Obamacare vague and secretive, even from Democratic senators, right up until they actually hold the vote, so there is no time to rouse an effective resistance. "That is what I am saying", Trump said. Of course, there's been little reporting on their progress, primarily because Senate Republicans-having learned their lessons from the very public failures of their House colleagues-aren't speaking to the media.

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