Trump invites Republican senators to lunch with Obamacare repeal on menu

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who is protective of the Medicaid program that expanded under Obamacare in Ohio, said that the meeting did not bring senators closer to an agreement on a final bill.

The negotiations around the Senate's version of a health care bill are being held behind closed doors, and among a very small group of people. Some Republican senators are pushing to wind down the Medicaid expansion funding more slowly.

"Thune said Trump did not lay out policy specifics of what he'd like to see in the bill, nor did he set a deadline for passing legislation through Congress".

Trump, too, is projecting urgency while avoiding any specific target date.

Weeks after House Republicans passed a health care bill, GOP senators are drafting their own version of a law that would repeal and replace Obamacare.

"And that may be adding additional money into it", he continued. "From day one, I said we are going to repeal and replace Obamacare". Johnson nearly certainly must be one of the 50 votes required to pass a GOP health care bill in the Senate.

While many Republican lawmakers claim Trump's various Russian Federation scandals have managed to distract from the business of actually passing legislation, they seem to have no problem leveraging the distraction as a sort of smokescreen. The two senators also met in May with a group of Democrats and Republicans to determine whether there was a bipartisan path forward on health care, for which the answer appears, at least at present, to be no.

"That issue got raised and I think he's open to suggestions", Thune said of Trump.

"He made pretty clear that he thinks the House bill leaves people - many of which probably make up his base - in a bad place", one congressional source with direct knowledge of the meeting said.

The senators Trump invited to lunch included Republicans from both ideological camps.

"He talked about making sure we have a bill that protects people with pre-existing conditions and helps people".

In a May 23 letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, advocacy association America's Health Insurance Plans said, "While the AHCA takes some positive steps toward affordable access to high-quality coverage options, time is swiftly running out for the certainty needed for 2018". If the health bill siphons enough cash from needy folks who can't push back, then parliamentary magic will allow Republicans to pass a filibuster-proof mondo tax cut.

Republican Senate leadership is targeting a vote before the July 4 recess. And it's not just that people would lose their health insurance; thousands of Pennsylvania workers would also lose their jobs as hospitals and care providers start failing.

President Donald Trump told Texas Sen. Trump once promised "insurance for everybody" and vowed that no one should be blocked from health insurance because they can't afford it.

"I hope eventually we can sit down and have a conversation about drug pricing that is meaningful and relevant", he said.