Trump Endorses Senate Health Bill

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - JUNE 21: President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on June 21, 2017 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump spoke about renegotiating NAFTA and building a border wall that would produce solar power during the rally. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he was “very supportive” of the Senate health care bill unveiled that morning.

The text of the bill, titled the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” was made public Thursday, more than a month after the House passed its own bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The two bills closely mirror each other, by the Senate version includes a slower rollout and a potentially “more generous” tax credit regime.

As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also expressed a positive view of the bill on its release, it may stand a good chance of becoming law if the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim two-seat majority, votes for it. According to a report by Axios, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is urging a vote before Congresses 4th of July recess.

Despite leaders’ enthusiasm, public support for the House’s version remains weak.

President Trump quickly followed up his tweet with another touting a successful and well-attended rally held Wednesday in Iowa. That return to campaign form comes as key elements of his party’s legislative move toward passage and public judgment.


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