Trump calls House health bill he backed 'mean'

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee (r), with Democratic Sen. Hatch has held several meetings with Utahns about what they would want in the bill.

The GOP's existing plan to succeed the Affordable Care Act, the American Health Care Act, remains in the Senate after narrowly passing the House last month.

The 13 senators invited to lunch at the White House were a mix of conservative and moderate Republicans.

"To call a bill that he pushed "mean" leaves us scratching our heads", Brat said. "As this was a private lunch, the senator prefers to leave the specifics of the discussion private, but nonetheless was very pleased at the opportunity to meet with the president and discuss this critical issue".

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.

"There are third rails that they can touch in the bill", David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, said.

"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.

Trump has so far largely left the Senate to do its work, remaining hands off through a hard process. "Generous, kind, and with heart". BuzzFeed's article said Trump used the phrase "son of a bitch" to describe the pending legislation.

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"That may be adding additional money into it", he reportedly said.

Doubts over the future of the bill in the Senate rose after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report in May predicting that if the Republican reform is to go ahead, 23 million people in the USA will lose their medical coverage within a decade.

Many Republicans say the closed-door negotiating process is necessary to find the right balance to get the needed votes.

If the Senate's Republican leadership follows along, with a plan written in secret by a hand-picked group of men, the chamber's moderate Republicans must reject it.

"We wrote a bill in the House, which nobody could amend", said Graham. "But time may be a factor", he said. Indivisible, a nonprofit network aimed at resisting Trump's agenda, has a campaign strategy to take down the health care bill and even provides a script to use should you decide to call your legislators. "But that's because there are no Democrats who know what's in the GOP health care bill".

Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and John Thune of South Dakota quickly scurried into another health care meeting on Capitol Hill.

The CBPP concluded that the Senate's working version has " virtually the same overall harmful impacts as the House bill". But the unsuccessful effort by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to bring Republicans into the fold consisted of weeks of closed-door discussions, and the Senate bill that would ultimately become the foundation of the ACA was written in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office before being debated on the Senate floor for nearly a month.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, defended the push to skip hearings and move the bill - eventually - straight to a vote.