Politics Trump Calls Health Care Bill He Celebrated in the Rose Garden ‘Mean’

01:20  14 june  2017
01:20  14 june  2017 Source:   Mediaite

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is celebrating the passage of the House Republican health care bill , saying he is confident it will get through the Senate. Flanked by Republican lawmakers in the Rose Garden on Thursday

Rose Garden ceremonies are normally reserved for major bill signings and big presidential moments, but Trump wanted to project an image of success — even on a A look at the last-minute negotiating and behind-the-scenes pep talks that led to Thursday's passage of the House health care bill .

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President Donald Trump told GOP Senators that he thinks the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House is “mean”, according to the Associated Press.

The House health care bill, passed under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan and championed by the president, is unlikely to pass the Senate — and lawmakers are now working to craft an entirely new bill.

In a rebuke of the House bill, congressional sources told the AP that Trump said to 15 GOP Senators over lunch on Tuesday that he wants their legislation to be “more generous.” The AHCA would cut Medicaid funding, increase health care costs for older Americans and people with preexisting conditions. The CBO concluded the bill would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026.

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President Donald Trump , flanked by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and House Speaker Paul Ryan oapplaud in the Rose Garden of the White Houseon May 4 after the House pushed through a health care bill . Evan Vucci / AP.

The Latest on the health care bill in the House (all times local): 11:03 a.m. _____ 2:45 p.m. President Donald Trump is awaiting a jubilant GOP for a Rose Garden celebration of the health care bill .

CNN’s Jim Acosta confirmed the AP report in a tweet:

Trump also referred to Obamacare as a “disaster” during the meeting, which was attended by a diverse set of Republican senators including Orrin Hatch, Rob Portman and Ted Cruz, according to CNN.

The president’s characterization of the AHCA may seem strange, given the Rose Garden victory lap he held for the law when it passed the House in May — where he lauded House leadership for putting together an “unbelievable” bill.

According to the AP’s sources, “the president did not say what aspects of the bill he was characterizing” when he called the legislation “mean.”

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