Without some changes along the line, it seems likely that the Republican House's attempt at replacing the Affordable Care Act is going nowhere fast. And that's before the Senate's even finished its turn at writing a bill for the American Health Care Act.

At a White House lunch with 15 GOP senators, the president called the bill "mean" and said the Senate needs to put together a bill that is "more generous." That's according to an Associated Press report which cites two anonymous GOP congressional sources with knowledge of what went on in the closed-door meeting. Their description of the wording used by Trump varies, but not the sense.

The criticism was a surprise to the senators after Trump had praised the bill in a celebratory Rose Garden ceremony after its passage on May 4, calling it "a great plan." But on May 28, despite his earlier praise for the House bill, Trump tweeted, "I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere. ObamaCare is dead—the Republicans will do much better!"

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