Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeLawmakers press Sessions over online gambling GOP senator ‘impressed’ by Trump’s knowledge of healthcare details Six GOP senators: Shorten or cancel August recess MORE (R-Utah) said in an interview released Tuesday that he felt “fairly impressed” by President Trump’s knowledge of healthcare.
“I was actually fairly impressed with how many details he did know,” Lee told Politico’s “Off Message” podcast.
Lee’s comments come as Republican leaders in the Senate look to push their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare to a vote following the Fourth of July recess.
He has expressed his opposition to the Senate GOP’s current healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and told Politico it is still not “sufficiently conservative” to get his support.
“The bill as it was released a few days ago is not sufficiently conservative for me to vote for it because it doesn’t undo what I see as one of the most fatal flaws in the Affordable Care Act,” he said, pointing to ObamaCare’s regulations.
The Utah senator said he will not vote for the bill unless it includes an amendment, which he has co-sponsored with Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzHow Cruz’s health insurance plan makes coverage more secure GOP senator ‘impressed’ by Trump’s knowledge of healthcare details Demystifying the foggy haze of Federal Reserve policymaking MORE (R-Texas), that allows insurance companies to offer plans that do not meet ObamaCare regulations, as long as they also offer at least one plan that does.
In a discussion about his new book, “Written Out of History,” the Republican lawmaker also said the Founding Fathers would “loathe” the closed-door process through which Senate GOP leadership crafted the new healthcare legislation, as he did.
“It is not a good thing from a policy standpoint to negotiate something that is supposed to be enacted by a legislative assembly consisted of elected officials. It is not a good thing to draft, negotiate, change it all behind closed-doors and then bring out, telling people, ‘You got to pass it to find out what is in it.’ It is not a good thing.”
Republican lawmakers in the upper chamber are scheduled to receive an update on the healthcare bill during a closed-door conference later Tuesday.
GOP senator ‘impressed’ by Trump’s knowledge of healthcare details