In addition, the Republican majority in the Senate is much narrower than in the House of Representatives and, according to current rules, Trump would need the votes of the 52 Republican Senators plus eight Democrats on his side.
"And that may be adding additional money into it", he continued. "I want to know exactly what's going to be in the Senate bill, I don't know it yet", Wisconsin Republican Sen.
Following the meeting, several top Republicans sought to temper expectations that leaders could produce a final health care draft by the end of the week, as had previously been expected.
"The House has passed a bill and now the Senate is working very, very hard", Trump said Tuesday.
The Senate has remained quiet, though, on its plan.
"The bill is mean", Schumer said. "The president's right".
Although Trump's Republican party has a majority in both houses of Congress, Trump blamed "obstructionist" Democrats for the lack of progress in repealing President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement. When it passed the House in May, the AHCA was condemned as an $834 billion tax cut for the wealthy paid for by gutting Medicare and Medicaid and leaving 23 million uninsured. Even an analyst from the right-wing Heritage Foundation has written that the Byrd rule would prevent the Senate from limiting the discretionary Title X funds or Medicaid reimbursements that Planned Parenthood receives, since it would be incidental to the primary objective of the bill: making budgetary adjustments.
"I think it's a nonstarter in the business community", he said. "But if we don't pass something and we go into '18, you know, it's on us to try to get this fixed".
Trump's lunch on Tuesday will include a number of more moderate Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins of ME, but could end up alienating conservatives, such as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.
The New York Democrat cited critical comments Vice President Mike Pence, then an IN congressman, made after the 2010 health care law passed about the process used by Democrats. Instead they expressed their concerns to a president who encouraged them to work out their differences, multiple senators who attended the meetings said.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has criticized Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a key player in modifying the health-care legislation, for not being more transparent in the process.
"No that wasn't the goal of it", Portman said.
"Americans won't forget that @HouseGOP passed a "mean" bill to rip healthcare from millions then celebrated @ the WH", said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
"We aren't stupid", said a source. "Let's get this done now because circumstances are only going to get tougher". Republicans also call the bill another step in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.