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Trump Thinks The Republican Health Care Plan Is "Mean"

20 June 2017

And certainly if one overlooked the dozen or so hearings and the more than 30 bipartisan meetings that then-Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus held, or the months he spent trying to work out a bipartisan bill with ranking member Chuck Grassley, or the bill's month-long markup, during which some 160 GOP amendments were accepted, or the many House hearings, or the attention paid to the Congressional Budget Office's cost analysis, or the more than a year it took from the first big meeting to the bill's final passage, one might nearly believe that to be true.

According to the AP's sources, "the president did not say what aspects of the bill he was characterizing" when he called the legislation "mean".

Trump said President Barack Obama's health care law "had been broken and it's been a broken promise".

Trump's remarks were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage he lobbied for and praised.

"No, that's not true", McCaskill said, adding that during the drafting of Obamacare, "dozens of Republican amendments were offered and accepted in that hearing process".

I think most of the taxes are going to go away for sure - the taxes that affect consumers, your tax on prescriptions, tax on medical devices, tax on insurance plans.

"Senate Republicans' attempts to pass Trumpcare in the dark of night, without any transparency is one of the most egregious examples of legislative malpractice in decades".

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A recurring line of opposition was that it doesn't fully cover Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said senators are closer to bringing up a proposal, and other Republicans have predicted for some time that a bill would be ready for a vote before the August recess. They have faced similar internal disagreements between the party's conservatives and moderates like their House colleagues.

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"We are still in discussions about what will be in the final product so it is premature to release any draft absent further member conversations and consensus", a senior Senate GOP aide told Axios Monday.

Unfortunately, the American public may not have those opportunities with the Senate's AHCA bill.

The CBO's evaluation of the House bill after it was passed proved controversial because it showed it would leave millions of Americans without health insurance.

According to the latest polling, from Quinnipiac University, 44 percent of people expect health insurance costs will go up under the House Republican bill and 57 percent think fewer people with have insurance coverage.

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"We wrote a bill in the House, which nobody could amend", said Graham.

Americans deeply disapprove of the AHCA. "How do we do it?'"

One of the key issues is the fate of the expansion of Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor, under the Affordable Care Act.

The House of Representatives narrowly approved its version of repeal last month, but Senate Republicans have been unable to coalesce around their own version of a bill, with moderates and conservatives pushing in different directions in meetings behind closed doors.

"We have no idea what is being proposed".

Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, said the closed-door process has given his colleagues space to have hard and complex intra-party debate.

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