More funding may be added to GOP health plan

Trump calls House health care bill 'mean'

Donald Trump terms Republican healthcare bill 'petty', had called it 'incredibly well-crafted' in May

Congressional sources say President Donald Trump has told Republican senators that the House healthcare bill is "mean" and that the Senate version should be "more generous".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the push to replace Obamacare might need to include more funding, as Senate Republicans struggled to produce an alternative to the healthcare law.

The remarks, first reported by the Associated Press, were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage Mr. Trump fought for and embraced.

"He made pretty clear that he thinks the House bill leaves people - many of which probably make up his base - in a bad place", said an unnamed source.

Trump stepped up pressure for the repeal with a tweet Tuesday morning declaring that the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed Obamacare, "is in a death spiral".

Eight influential healthcare and consumer advocate groups are partnering to. highlight concerns about the House-passed ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill.

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".

"The House passed a bill, and now the Senate is working very hard, specifically the folks in this room, to come up with a bill that's going to be phenomenal", Trump said at the White House. But the forecast for the health care bill in the Senate looks, at least from the headlines so far this week, decidedly gloomy for Republicans.

"If we came up with the greatest healthcare ever in our country's history, we wouldn't get one Democrat vote", he said. Indeed, if they don't release the bill until after the CBO's report, and hold to their plan to take a vote on the legislation before their July Fourth recess, the public will have nearly no time to absorb it, let alone convey their sentiments to their lawmakers.

While many Republican lawmakers claim Trump's various Russian Federation scandals have managed to distract from the business of actually passing legislation, they seem to have no problem leveraging the distraction as a sort of smokescreen.

GOP leaders have reportedly been targeting a vote on a health plan before the July 4 recess, but the exact contents of the bill are unclear even to some Senate Republicans.

Hatch's spokesman, Matt Whitlock, said the senator appreciated meeting with Trump.

"Will there be a hearing on the health-care proposal?" she asked during a committee meeting Thursday.

"We're not going to ignore anything", he told reporters Tuesday.

"The Senate GOP is drafting a secret, partisan health-care bill behind closed doors, refusing any meaningful bipartisan input on the bill and refusing to hold any hearings on this legislation that would impact one-sixth of our economy", said a statement from Senate Democrats. Sen.

Republicans can only afford to lose two members' votes on the health care bill in the Senate, which would then trigger Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote for its passage. Just 8% - yes 8%! - think the Senate should pass the bill from the House without making any changes.

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