GOP, Dem governors agree with Trump, call health bill 'mean'


"Please accept our invitation to sit down together in the old Senate Chamber so we can hear your plans and discuss how to make health care more affordable and accessible in the United States".

Senate Republican leaders are aiming to bring a major revision to the nation's health-care laws to the Senate floor by the end of June even as lingering disagreements, particularly over Medicaid, threaten to derail their efforts, several Republicans familiar with the effort said Thursday.

Trump privately told Senate Republicans this week that the House bill was "mean".

Cleverly, Senate Republicans say their coverage-destruction bill will be better than the one Speaker Paul Ryan pushed through the House.

"It also reflected the House's sentiment as we've said through many votes this session that the personal income tax reforms are not something we think should take place this year".

"I don't know what the Senate will ultimately do with that", Armstead said Friday afternoon of the latest House counteroffer.

Said Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat: "The president had a celebration when the bill passed".

"Is it the framework of the House-passed bill and then we're filling in our own details?"

I met with a few of my Senate colleagues on health care to not only understand where they are at but also to understand where they are going.

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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.

A GOP aide familiar with the discussions said Senate staffers have known for months about the potential problem, and they've been trying to design workarounds that would essentially achieve the same results as the House bill.

Besides Bullock and Kasich, whose states Trump won in 2016, Republicans Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Charlie Baker of MA signed the letter. The Democrats who added their names were John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.

The House proposal would raise about $86 million for the 2017-18 budget, but perks in the bill, including income tax exemptions for Social Security retirement and military pensions, an increased personal income tax deductible from $2,000 to $2,500 and expanded credits for historic-building rehabilitation, would cut the net revenue gain to about $67 million.

How the legislation would treat people with pre-existing conditions in the individual insurance market is a key concern.

Since Democrats have 48 votes against dismantling the existing law, any three Republican senators could put a stop to this fantastically anti-democratic process.

Although specifics, to the extent there are any, have largely stayed secret, some of the policies under consideration have slipped out, and pressure points of the debate are fairly clear.

The Republican-controlled House earlier had voted 67-22 to substitute its tax plan to broaden the sales tax to cellphone service and digital products but leave the tax rate at 6 percent.

More than 2.5 million people in the seven states were enrolled in Medicaid under the expanded access allowed by the 2010 law as of previous year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.