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Price Dodges When Asked If GOP’s Health Plan Is ‘Mean’

“It’s not a yes or no answer,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says. Meanwhile, Republicans on Capitol Hill downplay the reports that the president called the House-passed bill just that.

Stat: Is The House Health Care Bill 'Mean'? Secretary Tom Price Declines To Say
Is the health care bill House Republicans passed last month “mean”?  President Trump reportedly thinks so. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price won’t say. ... The meeting in question was a gathering among Trump and a group of Republican senators involved in crafting their chamber’s version of a bill to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. During the closed-door session, the president was reported to have urged the lawmakers to craft a version of the bill that would be more “generous” than the legislation approved by their House counterparts. (Facher, 6/15)

The Hill: Republicans Brush Off Trump Calling Health Bill 'Mean' 
House Republicans are publicly brushing off comments from President Trump about the House's healthcare bill being "mean." Several lawmakers said they do not regret voting for the legislation and questioned whether Trump even made such a remark. That comment, first reported by the Associated Press and confirmed by The Hill, came Tuesday during a private meeting between Trump and Republican senators. Trump also said during the meeting that he wanted the Senate’s version of the bill to be more generous. (Sullivan and Roubein, 6/15)

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