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Kristopher Drake
June 20, 2017

iI the White House's Cabinet Room, President Trump speaks before the lunch with, from left, Sen.

Although President Trump touted the passage of AHCA in the House with a celebration in the Rose Garden, Trump reportedly told Republican Senators this week that they need to find a way to make the legislation "more generous" and "less mean". Many states controlled by Republicans took the extra funding from the federal government, so the House bill's repeal of the funding in 2020 has gotten pushback from senators in those states. The senators piecing together the language appear to be moderating the bill the House passed last month, and they could have a draft soon as they work toward a vote in coming weeks.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn had a colorful way to describe the secretive process of crafting a healthcare bill during an interview on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still targeting a vote before the July 4 recess, even if there are only 14 working days left. The white men in suits cheered while Trump spoke as if they had just written the Magna Carta.

One source said Trump called the House bill "mean, mean, mean" and said, "We need to be more generous, more kind".

"The total bill hasn't been resolved", he said.

Their descriptions of Trump's words differed slightly and they said the president did not specify what aspects of the bill he was characterizing.

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

At a Senate health committee hearing Tuesday that was supposed to focus on high prescription-drug prices, Democrats criticized Republican efforts to develop their health bill in secret.


A few days after the House bill passed, the president sat down with Time magazine and boasted that after brief study, he "understood everything there was to know about health care".

It remains unclear when the Senate will vote on the AHCA.

The measure's final version reflected a compromise by conservative leader Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J. 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.

At the White House ceremony celebrating House passage, Trump and Ryan praised the legislation as the fulfillment of campaign promises Trump and GOP congressional candidates had long made to repeal Obama's 2010 statute. The last bill's cost was thousands of dollars more for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions (no matter what age you are).

U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at Obamacare once again on Tuesday (June 13), calling it a catastrophe while adding that he hopes the Senate comes through with a solution on healthcare.

"I think he realizes, you know, our bill is going to move, probably, from where the House was and he seems fine with that", Thune said.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta later tweeted that Trump also called the bill a "son of a bitch", according to a source.

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