Trump's remarks were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage he lobbied for and praised.
"As this was a private lunch, the senator prefers to leave the specifics of the discussion private, but nonetheless was very pleased at the opportunity to meet with the president and discuss this critical issue".
Now it's up to the Republican-led Senate to pass some form of health care legislation, but just as in the House, getting both conservative and moderate Republicans on board with the same bill could be a challenge.
While Republican members routinely criticize the manner in which Democrats passed the 2010 health care law on a strictly party-line vote, there are stark differences between that process and the current one.
"But, what I will say is he does believe, and I think, we can improve upon the House product ... and get a bill that is more workable for the American people", Thune added. How many people will lose their health insurance under the Senate bill?
"Generous, kind, with heart. I have some grave concerns about what we're doing so far", Lee said. Reporters told him the preliminary text exists. "The status quo is unsustainable". "We all know something has to be done and something has to be done soon..." "They worked so hard and they worked so long". The first event will take place on Thursday in Cleveland. A growing number of conservatives, including Sens. As the Senate works to dismantle ObamaCare, the groups plan to host events in four states - Ohio, Colorado, Nevada and West Virginia - aimed at showcasing the need for affordable and adequate healthcare.
They would likely be lower than traditional insurance premiums, because Medicaid reimburses doctors less than most insurance plans and also pays lower prices for prescription drugs.
An unnamed adviser likened Cruz's approach to a baseball umpire with "a big-strike-zone mentality right now" - giving his GOP colleagues and their ideas the benefit of the doubt in the ongoing talks.
"Nothing's been nailed down on that, so everything's still on the table", Senator Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia, one of the states that expanded Medicaid, said on Monday. Capito told reporters Tuesday that the opioid fund is among her top priorities.
"So what we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday would not say when he expected the health-care bill to be released or a vote to be held.
However, GOP sources are wondering aloud about whether they are rushing the bill since it could well fail if voted on so quickly.
Pence cited a report from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released Monday that says, as of March, almost two million of the 12 million people who selected an insurance plan on a public exchange during the open enrollment period that ended January 31 were unable to continue paying their premiums. The Congressional Budget Office found the bill would result in 23 million fewer Americans having health coverage by 2026.