House Republicans warned of prospect for 2018 midterm losses

Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017

If Republicans scrape up the necessary votes, the Senate will pass a bill that could gut Medicaid, which in turn could ding California taxpayers.

Trump called the House bill "mean, mean, mean", a congressional source told the Associated Press.

"Nobody's hiding the ball here", McConnell told reporters Tuesday. Negotiations this week have centered on the Affordable Care Act's individual marketplaces, including a proposal that would allocate billions in funding to smooth over the transition to a new model should the ACA repeal succeed, The Wall Street Journal reported (sub. req.).

Trump's remarks were a surprising slap at a Republican-written House measure that was shepherded by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and whose passage the president lobbied for and praised.

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.

Meadows, who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said, "I have no knowledge of the president characterizing the health care bill in any other way than to suggest that we need to lower premiums and" protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Senate Republicans are now working on legislation after the House passed a healthcare bill in early May. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.: "You haven't yet scheduled a hearing on the Republican Trumpcare bill".

When House Republicans narrowly approved a far-right health care overhaul in early May, Donald Trump could hardly contain his glee.

The House Republican bill moved in the opposite direction by allowing insurers to charge older, sicker people much more and by ending the Medicaid expansion.

"Thune said Trump did not lay out policy specifics of what he'd like to see in the bill, nor did he set a deadline for passing legislation through Congress".

Others say the process is hard to defend, but they have no choice if they want to keep their campaign promise to replace Obamacare. At the time Trump said he was "so confident" the bill would get through the Senate.

iI the White House's Cabinet Room, President Trump speaks before the lunch with, from left, Sen. Trump has told associates that news coverage of the House health care bill was "terrible", in the words of one associate who has spoken with him. He said the issue has been debated for seven years. That House bill was widely criticized for letting states seek waivers from insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. "But it's the way we're having to do it". Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is heavily involved in the healthcare discussions as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that his preference is to repeal all of the taxes but that senators would "look at everything".

"But we have an fantastic group of people standing behind me", the president added.

Some Republicans who have largely been left outside the deliberations say they can't predict what they'll do. A growing number of conservatives, including Sens.

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