Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

"The House has passed a bill and the Senate is working very, very hard - and specifically the folks in this room".

Trump's remarks, made during a White House lunch, were a surprising critique of the House measure whose passage he lobbied for and praised.

White House aides declined to talk on the record about Trump's words.

Though President Donald Trump celebrated when the American Health Care Act passed the House, on Tuesday, he called the bill "mean".

Politico reported June 9 that conservative Republicans and lobby groups are on the brink of rebelling against the Senate's efforts. While they can spend more money on certain areas, they still have to hit the $133 billion marker to comply with Senate rules. But both Democrats and Republicans have laid the track on which this train is rolling. "We are now so far from regular order, the new members don't even know what it looks like", she said.

His Senate Republicans colleagues may not be listening. "And he certainly is fine with us taking a different direction with what the House did".

Conservative Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that passing a Senate health care bill will involve making some tough choices. His legislative affairs team has been closely involved, but the President himself has been removed - by design, multiple aides on Capitol Hill said. "They're trying to write and pass a health care bill without telling anyone what's in it".

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee (r), with Democratic Sen. Vice President Mike Pence, who has worked with Senate Republicans for weeks on health care, also joined the lunch.

Thune acknowledged that Trump was "open to suggestions, and didn't make any pronouncements one way or the other".

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Asked if any differences were resolved in the meeting, which included centrists such as Sen. "And I really appreciate what you are doing". Republicans are weighing changes to the House plan that include a slower phase-out of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, better protection for people with pre-existing conditions, and tax credits based on income as well as age.

"It's going to be an unbelievable victory when we get it through the Senate", he added.

"There's great pressure to get something done, but I think there's an equal and opposite pressure that it be something that actually fulfills campaign promises", Meadows told the Post. "But he wants to get the job done".

Before the meeting with Senate Republicans began in earnest, the president told his guests that the Senate version will be "generous, kind, with heart". BuzzFeed's article said Trump used the phrase "son of a bitch" to describe the pending legislation.

It's not clear how many Senate votes could be earned with additional money for opioid addiction treatment or if it would even be a part of the final legislation.

Hatch has stood by the bill and told Talking Points Memo on Monday that "we're not worried" about releasing the legislation to the public as much as "getting it together" for a majority vote.

Trump will also meet with "Obamacare victims" on Tuesday when he travels to Wisconsin. Don't forget, Obamacare took 17 months.

After meeting with two such couples after landing in Milwaukee, Trump pointed to "millions of American families" he said "continue to suffer from Obamacare while Congressional Democrats obstruct our efforts to rescue them".

Time is of the essence.

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