Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean' - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Posted June 14, 2017

Senate Republicans said their bill would differ from the House's repeal measure, but they haven't elaborated much on how.

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.

These senators attendance is particularly important, as they have either voiced concerns over key provisions of the House bill or are looking to be important votes for Republicans who can only afford to lose no more than 2 to pass their version of health care reform.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said he's concerned that he hasn't seen details of a Senate GOP health care bill that reportedly is being drafted behind closed doors and could receive a vote within weeks.

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The positive comments about the Senate plan tracks with Trump telling reporters during the meeting that the Senate should spend more on the bill to make it "generous, kind (and) with heart".

"I think we have to really take a look at this, and I think the American people need to take a look at it", Johnson told Bloomberg. The other source said Trump used a vulgar phrase to describe the House bill and told the senators, "We need to be more generous".

In an ideal world, legislation of this magnitude would be shared widely with the American public with ample time to study it and know how it would affect them. The House bill allowed states to remove a minimum requirement for health plans to cover "essential health benefits" such as hospitalization, preventive care, maternity care, and mental health services.

The group working on the law is reportedly nearly done with a draft bill, but has no plans to share it with the full Senate, much less the public, to minimize criticism. The district has always been in GOP hands, but Democrats are pouring in resources to try to get a win for their neophyte candidate, Jon Ossoff, over Republican Karen Handel.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to force Trumpcare through the Senate this month, and he's doing it as quickly and as secretly as he can.

As Senate Republicans continue to slowly craft complementary legislation to the American Health Care Act, Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday assured that effectively repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is still of the utmost importance to the administration.

"Americans won't forget that @HouseGOP passed a "mean" bill to rip healthcare from millions then celebrated @ the WH", Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) tweeted.

And that headline, came just after this one: "Why Republicans might let their health care bill fail".

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"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". "When we passed the ACA", she said, "we had 57 bipartisan HELP committee hearings and meetings and roundtables". "They couldn't keep their plans".