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Trump calls House health bill he backed 'mean'

15 Juin 2017

A month after praising the House-approved bill and ensuring it was "incredibly well-crafted", Trump urged the senators to make substantial changes to the same bill, which has been created to replace President Barack Obama's health reform implemented in 2010, but still needs the Senate's approval, according to legislative sources cited by media outlets CNN and The Hill.

Asked to comment on Trump's remarks about the House measure, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said, "Congressional Republicans, with President Trump's support, are working to repeal and replace this bad Obamacare law that is harming Americans".

They inched closer in May when the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act.

Mr Trump had called the House bill a "great plan" when it passed by four votes but it was heavily criticised and was unlikely to get through the Senate.

Now, however, he is sounding a different tune.

US President Donald Trump has called the healthcare reform bill approved in May by the Republicans in the House of Representatives "petty".

[Trump] made clear that the Senate needs to pass a bill that Republicans are able to more easily defend and is not viewed as an attack on Americans from low-income households, as the House bill has been portrayed by critics, the sources said....

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.

The debacle was seen as a major defeat for the new president, who blamed Democrats for not supporting his bill.

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Although Trump's Republican party has a majority in both houses of Congress, Trump blamed "obstructionist" Democrats for the lack of progress in repealing President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

"This is incredibly complex and from my standpoint, I need a whole lot more information before I agree to vote yes on a bill", Johnson said in a statement. That bill was widely criticized for allowing states to seek waivers from insurance protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

Trump's characterizations could undercut attempts by Senate leaders to assuage conservatives who want restrictions in their chamber's bill, such as cutting the Medicaid health care program for the poor and limiting the services insurers must cover.

Just last weekend, Trump used his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., to hold a fundraising event for MacArthur that netted $800,000.

"I'd say give us a little more time", Cornyn said.

Sources at the meeting told Politico that Republicans "risk getting savaged in the 2018 midterms" if they failed to repeal Obamacare, after campaigning against it for seven years.

AP reporters Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Kenneth Thomas and Jill Colvin contributed to this report. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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Trump calls House health bill he backed 'mean'