After House Speaker Paul Ryan forced through a nightmarish Obamacare repeal bill that would strip 23 million people of health care and send insurance markets in much of the country into a death spiral, Senate Republicans immediately tried to disavow the bill and position themselves as the grown-ups.
Following the House vote, Trump hosted an event in the Rose Garden to celebrate its passage. Republican Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin reportedly said to Bloomberg, "I want to know exactly what's in the Senate bill".
Lost amid the din are true infamies-legislation that the Republican Congress is pushing that poses a direct threat to millions of Americans. In lieu of public hearings, the GOP has opted to negotiate the bill in private at health care working group meetings and Senate policy lunches.
"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", Hatch said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal a closed-door conversation.
The sources say the president did not say what aspects of the bill he was characterizing.
But Trump pledged the bill would be "generous, kind, and with heart", suggesting it may get "additional money" added to it.
Politico, citing sources familiar with Trump's meeting with senators, reported the president believes the House version of the bill is hard to defend, and said he'd like to see more robust tax credits for people who buy health insurance as individuals. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and more conservative members, Portman said, "No, but that wasn't the goal of it".
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A Republican senator who wished to remain anonymous told Politico in an article titled: "Conservatives near revolt on Senate health care negotiations" that they believed the vote from both mentioned senators would be a "no".
"It might be that McConnell knows he can't get to 50 [votes] so he's going as far left as possible to give moderates cover when they do vote for this bill", one conservative Senate aide told CNN.
"The message was that we need to get this done, it needs to be done right, but sooner is better than later", said Sen.
Two of those lawmakers hail from OH, which, through the state's ACA expansion, has enrolled more than 500,000 new Medicaid recipients who have behavioral-health needs, including those with drug addiction and different mental-health disorders.
Following the meeting, several top Republicans sought to temper expectations that leaders could produce a final health care draft by the end of the week, as had previously been expected.
"I think he realizes our bill is going to move probably from where the House was and he seems fine with that", Thune said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted Tuesday that Senate Republicans "are trying to hide their monstrous #Trumpcare bill".
If this bill was going to be good for anyone but the wealthiest people who are getting a tax cut with it, then they wouldn't have a problem showing what was in it. McConnell does have to do one thing, though, and that's get the bill scored by the Congressional Budget Office.