"The House has passed a bill and the Senate is working very, very hard - and specifically the folks in this room".
Trump's comments appear to undercut efforts by Senate conservatives to impose restrictions in their chamber's legislation, such as curbing the Medicaid health care program for the poor and limiting the services insurers must cover. Now that the rest of America is starting to pay attention to the legislation the GOP is pushing to replace Obamacare - the polling isn't looking pretty.
Meantime, Democrats are criticizing GOP senators for crafting their bill in private without public hearings.
"The Republican majority is afraid of the American people learning what is in their healthcare bill", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
Their descriptions of Trump's words differed slightly.
At a Rose Garden ceremony minutes after the bill's narrow House passage, Trump called it "a great plan". "Generous, kind, and with heart".
Two other congressional GOP officials confirmed that the general descriptions of Trump's words were accurate.
"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. Both Hatch and Lee were unavailable for comment after the White House luncheon Tuesday.
Trump said President Barack Obama's health care law "had been broken and it's been a broken promise". "That is what I am saying", Trump said. Disagreements between conservatives and moderates have slowed progress on the bill.
The measure's final version reflected a compromise by conservative leader Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.
Health care providers are among those waiting nervously for the U.S. Senate to reveal just how it wants to reform health care. Trump is still most anxious about Trump, which is why he will continue to praise a piece of legislation in public that he's trashing in private. House Republicans spent weeks cobbling together the votes for the bill, a process that featured a series of very high-profile hiccups.
After the House Republicans' first attempt to repeal the law went down in flames before even going to a vote thanks to a awful score from the Congressional Budget Office and some limited public debate, the Senate GOP is vowing to avoid the same mistakes.
The entire Coalition debate on energy costs is rubbish
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that clean energy target was a sensible proposal that should have been taken seriously. Under a CET, existing generators would see out their natural lives and coal use would only fall slightly under a CET.
And so it begins… Dem impeachment effort proposed
Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) says there's already enough evidence to warrant impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump . According to CNN , Capuano said that Sherman's efforts could be seen as a selfish ploy that would hurt the Democratic Party.