Essay: Before Senate Republicans repeal Obamacare they must answer these questions

Essay: Before Senate Republicans repeal Obamacare they must answer these questions

During a lunchtime meeting at the White House between 15 senators and Trump, the president said the AHCA was "mean" and asked them to craft a "more generous" bill, according to the Associated Press and CNN, citing congressional sources with knowledge of the meeting.

Facing expected unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans will be unable to pass a Senate bill if just three of the 52 GOP senators vote "no".

President Trump held the get-together in a bid to help GOP lawmakers find common ground to move forward with PPACA reform legislation this summer. "Generous, kind, and with heart".

"And that may be adding additional money into it", he continued.

It calculated the bill's approximately $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid, a federal program that provides health insurance for low income and elderly Americans, would leave 14 million fewer people without access to the program over the next ten years. There, he called the House legislation a "great plan" and said it was "very, very, incredibly well-crafted".

The question of cost-sharing reductions is only the biggest of many fears the Trump administration is inspiring.

Senate Republican leaders say text will be available to everyone later and that they've given every GOP senator ample opportunity to weigh in at caucus meetings that continue Tuesday.

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"I don't know because I have no idea if we even have a bill", Murkowski said.

President Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that he thinks the bill that House Republicans passed in May to repeal and replace Obamacare was "mean" - even though the president celebrated passage of the legislation with a pep-rally style event with House leaders in the Rose Garden. "I'm sure there are 217 Republicans - congressmen just squirming that they voted for a mean bill, and they know that's going to be brought up to them in the campaigns in 2018." .

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. They agreed to language letting states drop requirements for higher premiums under Obama's health care law to protect with pre-existing medical conditions, and requiring insurers to cover specific services like maternity care.

"Well, I think we're not anxious so much about that as we are getting it together so we can get a majority to vote for it", said Hatch, a grandee who has served in the Senate for 40 years.

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

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment, telling reporters aboard Air Force One Tuesday evening, "We don't comment on rumors or private conversations". "I don't think so", Hatch told reporters.

Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, said the closed-door process has given his colleagues space to have hard and complex intra-party debate. And while that practice may not be unheard of, it is troubling for a bill of this magnitude and with this much controversy attached to it, says Dr. Paul B. Ginsburg, the director for the Center of Health and Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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