Trump confirms he called the Republicans' healthcare bill 'mean'

Angie Massey
June 26, 2017

Speaking at a press conference in his home state Friday, Heller was the first Republican senator to come out swinging against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, while at least seven others have expressed reservations but indicated they're open to negotiations. "It is obstruction", Trump said, as he singled out top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer for attack: "I saw Senator Schumer criticising the bill a couple weeks ago and he had no idea what was in the bill". And we'll see if we can take care of that, calling the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people".

It aims to deliver on a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump to undo former President Barack Obama's signature health-insurance law, which has provided coverage to 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010.

Collins, speaking on ABC's "This Week", said she had "very serious concerns" about the current bill and wanted to review the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the proposal, which is expected to be released Monday, before deciding how she would vote. "Look forward to making it really special!"

"That was my term because I want to see - and I speak from the heart - that's what I want to see", Trump said. Danielson said jokes aside, passing this bill would mean taking away important services from them.

"I don't think they're that far off".

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"Well he used my term, mean", Trump said during an interview with Fox and Friends on Sunday. He says the bill offers too many tax credits that help poorer people to buy insurance.

GOP Senate leaders can only lose two members of their 52-senator caucus in support of the bill in order for it to pass. Heller said he spoke with Senate Republican leaders and Vice President Mike Pence on Friday morning.

Mr. Sandoval accepted federal funding in the health law to expand Medicaid in the state and praised the impact on Nevada, especially the 210,000 residents who obtained Medicaid coverage. "It's going to be very hard to get me to 'yes, '" said Heller, viewed as the Senate Republican most at risk in the 2018 midterm election.

"If Mitch doesn't have the votes, call off this bill right now", Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said on "Face the Nation".

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everybody's happy with", the U.S. president said.

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