During a meeting with Republican senators on Tuesday to discuss health care reform, President Trump called the House-passed legislation of Obamacare’s repeal and replacement as “mean,” adding that the Senate should be more “generous,” according to circulating media reports.
Trump’s remarks likely took some by surprise. The 45th commander-in-chief prioritized health care reform at the top of his first 100-day agenda, and embraced the House’s passage of the legislation in early May by throwing a celebration at the White House.
According to undisclosed sources, it remains unclear which sections of the House-passed legislation Trump considers “mean.” His recent private comments, however, appear to reverse his earlier stances on the legislation, which he previously described as “incredibly well crafted.”
“This is a great plan, and this is a repeal and a replace of Obamacare, make no mistake about it,” Mr. Trump said at the time. “It’s going to be an unbelievable victory when we get it through the Senate,” he added.
Following the House-passed health care bill, the Congressional Budget Office — a government organization that provides non-partisan analysis on Congressional issues–reported that the revised Affordable Heath Care plan would reduced federal deficits by $119 billion over the coming decade, but increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million by 2026.