"Well, I think we're not anxious so much about that as we are getting it together so we can get a majority to vote for it", said Hatch, a grandee who has served in the Senate for 40 years.
The remarks were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage Trump fought for and embraced.
Thune also said President Trump did not give any deadlines to the senators on passing their bill. Verizon closes Yahoo deal Trump calls House healthcare bill "mean" Overnight Regulation: FDA puts new nutrition labels on hold MORE (R-S.D.) said after the meeting with the president.
Given the public's poor reception of the House bill - recent polls showed more than half opposed it, and less than one-fourth supported it - you'd think Senate Republicans would be reluctant to follow a similar path. Senate Minority Leader Sen. While they can spend more money on certain areas, they still have to hit the $133 billion marker to comply with Senate rules. Ron Johnson, Bob Corker, Bill Cassidy, Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake all said they had not seen the healthcare bill.
After meeting with two such couples after landing in Milwaukee, Trump pointed to "millions of American families" he said "continue to suffer from Obamacare while Congressional Democrats obstruct our efforts to rescue them".
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Capitol Hill sources, who asked not to be named, said President Trump described the version of the legislation that passed the House last month as "mean". "And he certainly is fine with us taking a different direction with what the House did".
Nevertheless, Republicans beat Democrats over the head with all kinds of distortions ("We were railroaded!") and fibs ("Death panels!") about Obamacare. "I actually think it will get even better". John Thune of South Dakota, adding that Republicans can't move to other aspects of their agenda before they pass reform. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) Ernst, Sen. BuzzFeed's article said Trump used the phrase "son of a bitch" to describe the pending legislation.
The Ohio Republican acknowledged the meeting didn't appear to resolve any differences, but added "that wasn't the goal".
"There was a robust discussion involving the Senate's current work to rescue the American people from the failures of Obamacare", said Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock. "But he wants to get the job done".
Trump also referred to Obamacare as a "disaster" during the meeting, which was attended by a diverse set of Republican senators including Orrin Hatch, Rob Portman and Ted Cruz, according to CNN. That's what I'm saying.
Confronted with their refusal to publicly release a draft, one Senate GOP aide said, "We aren't stupid".
"That's the part that's moving around on us", he said. "There's a group of guys in a backroom somewhere making these decisions", McCaskill said.