Trump to dine with Cruz amid healthcare push

Trump to dine with Cruz amid healthcare push
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (R-Texas) will dine with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced.

Trump's team is pushing lawmakers on the House GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare — legislation that has spurred backlash from some conservatives who have argued that it doesn’t offer a drastic enough reform.

Cruz has not directly rejected the bill, which was unveiled by House Republicans on Monday. But he has voiced skepticism, telling Roll Call on Wednesday that he does not believe the bill would pass the Senate in its current form.

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“As drafted, I do not believe this bill would pass the United States Senate," Cruz said.

Cruz and Trump fought a bitter primary battle last year that often got personal, with Trump dubbing Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” and tweeting attacks directed at his wife, Heidi Cruz, and Ted Cruz warning Republicans that nominating the real estate mogul “would be a train wreck.” Cruz eventually endorsed Trump a few weeks before Election Day, after declining to do so during a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention.

Heidi Cruz and first lady Melania Trump will join their husbands at the dinner Wednesday.

The GOP plan keeps some aspects of former President Obama’s signature healthcare law, such as a rule that insurance providers cannot deny coverage based on preexisting conditions and a prohibition on capping benefits.

But the measure also calls for an end to ObamaCare’s individual mandate requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance, and ends the law’s Medicaid expansion, which insures more than 10 million people in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

Trump is urging Republican lawmakers to quickly pass the proposed measure. If it is approved, it would make good on a longtime promise by the GOP to dismantle ObamaCare.

But several conservative groups, such as the Club for Growth, have announced their opposition to the bill. And some Republican lawmakers such as Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeMcConnell, allies lean into Twitter, media 'war' Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid MORE (R-Utah) have come out against it.

Trump warned House Republicans on Tuesday that they will likely face an electoral “bloodbath” in the 2018 midterms if the GOP’s repeal-and-replace efforts fail.