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Trump to push Obamacare repeal in lunch with senators

14 June 2017, 07:39 | Kara Nash

Senate Republicans Are Using A Special Rule To Vote On Health Care

President Donald Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For Republicans health care is becoming a big political gamble. Not only are

President Donald Trump has promised that the Republicans' healthcare reform will be "generous" and "kind".

"I'm not saying this isn't important".

"And that may be adding additional money into it", he continued.

"We're writing a Senate bill and not passing the House bill", stated Tennessee Sen.

Democratic Senators have criticized their Republican counterparts for their secrecy in drafting the healthcare bill, which the GOP wants to vote on before Congress goes on recess prior to the Fourth of July.

"The House passed a bill, and now the Senate is working very hard, specifically the folks in this room, to come up with a bill that's going to be phenomenal", Trump said at the White House. His legislative affairs team has been closely involved, but the President himself has been removed - by design, multiple aides on Capitol Hill said.

Republican Senate leaders may strike an initial deal on health care legislation to dismantle Obamacare in the coming days. During the president's meeting with the handful of Republican senators, Trump echoed this view, calling Democrats "obstructionists", and referring to their resistance as "unfortunate".

That's not even close to the most daunting number in the poll for Senate Republicans, however.

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McConnell is caught between trying to negotiate with conservative senators like Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on one end, or moderate senators like Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on the other, in attempting to piece together votes throughout the week. Joni Ernst, Tennessee Sen. If the Senate succeeds in approving a bill, it will then have to be reconciled with the House version before both chambers vote again on the final, compromise legislation. "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".

The Quinnipiac University Poll released last Thursday found that 62 percent of American voters disapprove of the Republican health-care plan, compared with just 17 percent who approve of it.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) defended the GOP leadership, promising the health care push would be an open process.

"In an auto insurance market, you can for the most part control your behavior", the OR congressman said.

One Republican aide said the message from Trump was that repealing Obamacare was a promise Republicans made to the American people - and now is the time to keep it.

Eight influential healthcare and consumer advocate groups are partnering to. highlight concerns about the House-passed ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill. "It's going to be tough".

However, it looks like the two Republican factions may be able to strike a compromise on the main sticking point, federal government subsidies for Medicaid expansion - one of the features of the #affordable care act.

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