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Hatch, Lee tight-lipped after meeting with Trump on health care bill

Top GOP senator: The secretive process of writing the healthcare bill is 'like having a baby' Hatch, Lee tight-lipped after meeting with Trump on health care bill
Rickey Rodriguez | 15 June, 2017, 01:51

Disagreements between conservatives and moderates have slowed progress on the bill.

The CBO's evaluation of the House bill after it was passed proved controversial because it showed it would leave millions of Americans without health insurance. Following the House vote, Trump hosted an event in the Rose Garden to celebrate its passage.

"What we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted", Trump said of his party's proposal, adding, "It's going to be an unbelievable victory, actually, when we get it through the Senate".

"But, what I will say is he does believe, and I think, we can improve upon the House product ... and get a bill that is more workable for the American people", Thune added. They kept calling it the 'Gang of Six, ' and we spent hours in the hallway waiting for people come out and talk to them.

What's happening in the U.S. Senate behind closed doors on health care? Another said Trump used a vulgar phrase to describe the House bill and told the senators, "We need to be more generous". "If it's Obamacare light that will be hard for me", said Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to vote on the health care bill before the July 4th recess.

"Our goal here is to move forward quickly", he said. "The status quo is unsustainable". The end result: people with preexisting conditions under both laws still would not have access to the services they need because of expected spike costs of coverage. Everything was published in the official Congressional Record in nearly excruciating detail for everyone to see — as long as they could read really tiny type.

So it was that on Tuesday, Capitol Hill reporters were stunned to learn that according to an edict coming down from Senate Rules Committee chairman Richard Shelby, they would be forbidden from interviewing senators in the halls of the Senate unless they had prior permission - meaning none of the hundreds of impromptu interviews that take place almost every day outside hearing rooms or on the way from one meeting to another would be allowed any longer. A growing number of conservatives, including Sens.

"The effect of this opinion, would be to prevent members of Congress who happen to be in the minority, or even less-senior members of the majority, from carrying out their constitutional duties", he said.

Trump has also vaguely suggested investing more money into the reform to make the United States health care system "the best anywhere", something that may throw conservative Republicans who want to use the law to reduce the budget deficit further. Leaders have openly discussed a plan to peg the value of the tax credit to the age and income of a person, a change from the House plan to adjust the credits based on age but not income.

Trump's ire was directed at congressional Democratic leaders Sen. Capito told reporters Tuesday that the opioid fund is among her top priorities.

It remains unclear when the Senate will vote on the AHCA. The GOP bill is not going through the committee process. In a viral video taken on June 9 during a Senate Finance Committee meeting, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) rebuked Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for the Republicans' partisan handling of the bill, likening the Republicans' drafting of the bill to "a group of guys in a back room somewhere".

Though only snippets have leaked, the GOP leader seems to be trying to appease more moderate GOP senators by delaying the House's 2020 cutoff for the provision that has provided more than 11 million Americans with health care coverage.


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