It is hard to see right now what could be done to appease him.
Health care reform is a personal policy area for nearly all Americans, and the president's blind support for "repealing Obamacare" is putting millions of lives at stake - all for a bill that, ironically, conservative members of Congress say doesn't even really repeal Obamacare, which Trump has been using as his consistent reason for support. Heller is widely viewed as the most vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 - the only one running in a state that Hillary Clinton carried past year - and Republican leaders have been hoping to avoid having to count on his vote. "And as in the House bill, young adults up to the age of 26 could stay on their parents' health care plans".
Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a draft version of their health care reform bill that cuts Medicaid, ends penalties for people not buying insurance and reshapes subsidies to low-income users. He took to Twitter to boast of passing 38 bills thus far.
"Well, they are also four good guys and they are four friends of mine", said Trump. But I can't help feel that I and many of my aged friends who have scrimped to save part of our modest incomes - taking low-cost vacations, eating "early-bird specials" at restaurants, and, generally, pinching our pennies - are being penalized for our prudence. "He will tell you from the health care experience that he's talked to nearly every single member. There will be some people who will die from this". Fixing the bill to save Medicaid's expansion theoretically wouldn't convince any of them to change their vote, while further cuts could alienate other so-called "moderate" Republicans like Heller.
But Trump said the exact same thing about the House version of the bill, which, while mirroring numerous House's goals, was far more conservative.
Not every PACHA member resigned last week, but even one who remained on the counsel spoke out against the Senate bill.
The Senate bill takes immediate steps to stabilize insurance markets for the next two years.
Others, like Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of OH, have pointed to concerns about the proposal's cuts to Medicaid. "In this form, I will not support it".
Trump helped House leaders corral votes, but his ability to move more difficult-to-influence senators is untested.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. To quote President Trump, this bill can be summed up with one word: "'mean, '" said Clare Duggan of the Indivisible Chicago coalition, which held a rally downtown at Federal Plaza Thursday afternoon.
A majority of GOP senators told the publication that they're not sure where they stand while four, including Sen. Remember, ObamaCare is dead.
Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Bob Casey (D) will help determine the draft bill's fate in the GOP-ruled Senate. "Seniors can be charged at least five times more for their health care coverage". And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a bad thing.