Price prods GOP to 'collaborate' on health care overhaul

Ryan did not detail what changes are under consideration. He said the change "doesn't move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field". Others are concerned about the estimated 24 million people who will lose insurance coverage under the legislation. The Hill claims it was here that Trump reportedly won the support of at least thirteen members of the RSC when he agreed to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients and to block grant Medicaid. The Freedom Caucus plans to submit changes as soon as Friday. This is why President Trump had to talk of changes, which may help to sway people back on the side of passing the bill through.

"While there's a big debate in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, the law remains in place for now and is covering millions of people", said the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation's Larry Levitt, using the formal name of Obama's statute.

But keeping that promise has become a tough test of their Republican-controlled government.

"We feel like we're making great strides and great progress on getting a bill that can pass", Ryan said.

"Today there are a lot of undecideds and lean noes".

Two House committees last week approved the bill's provisions with no changes.

"We can not support AHCA as drafted because of the expected decline in health insurance coverage and the potential harm it would cause to vulnerable patient populations", said the AMA's chief executive officer, James L. Madara, in a letter to the House committee's leadership.

Conservatives want to end Obama's expansion of Medicaid to 11 million additional low-income people next year, not 2020 as the Republican bill proposes.

On Wednesday night, Republican leaders also got underway with its first official whip count. though leaders and whips have had ongoing conversations with members for weeks and since the bill has come out. Right now, there are not enough backers to get the bill out of the House of Representatives. He noted that many conservative think tanks and conservative groups have come out aggressively against the bill, saying it is too much like Obamacare.

That's because the Senate won't vote for the bill, known as the American Health Care Act, Graham explained. The Democrats on the committee were joined by three Republicans in voting against moving the AHCA ahead. Dave Brat, Gary Palmer and Mark Sanford-underscore the lingering doubts about the bill among some in the party.

At this point it's clear the bill will need to be changed, but pressed on what kind of changes the leadership is prepared to make, a senior House GOP leadership aide said they are limited to those that would "net votes" - meaning that they are carefully evaluating those amendments conservatives and moderates are pressing and are only planning to sign off on those that up the ultimate vote total. We're less than a month into total Republican control of the presidency and both House and Senate, and certain, totally predictable things are evident. "Unfortunately, the current version of the House bill does not meet this test".

Republicans are on the fence when it comes to Medicaid. Meyers was skeptical. "Trump has done more in office the way a toddler helps out in the kitchen", he said.

Conservatives want deeper cuts in the overall Medicaid program than the Republican bill plans and a work requirement for able-bodied constituents. This has been the major problem in Congress since day one of the new GOP bill coming.

Even as Price spoke to reporters before a morning meeting with House Republicans, it remained unclear if or when top Republicans could resolve the party's internal wrangling over the high-profile measure.