President Trump has described a health care plan draft that the Republicans have been working on as 'cold-hearted' and 'mean'. The Republicans have been drafting the proposal in secret and not much is known about it at all. All that the proposal makers will reveal is that they are overhauling the existing system completely, which means that Obamacare will no longer be in the picture.
The efforts following the House legislation
The legislation to dismantle the existing healthcare program, popularly known as Obamacare, was passed by the House not very long ago. Since then a group of key members of the governing party has been working on a new proposal. A total of 15 senators has recently met with the President to give him a progress update on the proposal and the President is said to have felt that the proposal is 'cold-hearted'. He has recommended that the senators draft a bill that is 'more generous'.
The President's contrasting reactions
The President's recommendation to make it a 'more generous' plan come as a surprise after he praised the same proposal last month and being 'well crafted'. However, during campaign time he did promise to put forth a bill that keeps Medicaid and Medicare intact so a call for a more generous bill is certainly in keeping with his pre- presidential stance.
The latest reaction shows that Trump may not be opposed to a bill that does mimic Obamacare in some few ways as has promised to bring in healthcare that 'has heart'. Despite his repeated statements that Obamacare needs to go, it appears as though the existing healthcare system may be entirely revamped.
Vote on the bill before August
The senators working on the bill are keen to wrap it up as quickly as they can. The objective is to get it ready for a vote before the August recess. However, given the fact that this means the bill must be near completion now, in such case, it is surprising that no details have been released yet. In fact, the senators have taken pains to put at risk all rumors that the bill will be ready by the weekend. Senators have been obviously avoiding questions about the bill, its proposals and its expected finalization date at press interactions, prompting many speculations and expectations about what it will contain.