Trump Has Harsh Words for Health Care Bill He Celebrated

Sources say Trump now calls the bill 'mean'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2017 6:28 PM CDT
President Trump applauds in the Rose Garden of the White House in May after the House pushed through a health care bill. On Tuesday, he reportedly decried the bill as "mean."   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – In what the AP characterizes as a "surprising critique," sources say President Trump called the House health care bill "mean" during a lunch Tuesday with more than a dozen GOP senators. When the House passed the AHCA in May, Trump hosted a celebration at the White House and called the bill "incredibly well crafted," CNN reports. According to Politico, he's also called the House bill "terrific" in the past.

Sources say Trump didn't specify what he now found "mean" about the AHCA, though he seemed to indicate he was happy the Senate was working on its own version, which he wants to be "more generous." During the lunch, Trump twice said the Senate needed to "add more money" to its bill, though the specifics of what he was asking were unclear. The president did make it clear he wants it to seem less like the Senate bill is punishing poor households. Aides say Trump doesn't really know what was in the AHCA but wants the news coverage of the Senate version to be more positive. (Read more health care reform stories.)

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