But Trump sounded more like he was at the start of a negotiation than ready to close the deal. And combined with opposition from
"It's very preliminary," the president said of the
In another warning signal, four
A copy of the letter was provided to The Associated Press.
The bill also cuts a slew of taxes, mostly to the benefit of the rich. Conservatives say it doesn't go far enough in repealing the Obama-era law in full, and an analysis by the nonpartisan
"Anyone not willing to work, let him not eat," asserted Rep.
House conservatives say they are negotiating some changes directly with the
Nevertheless, House Speaker
"We feel like we're making great strides and great progress on getting a bill that can pass," Ryan said.
But Ryan did not commit to a timetable for passage, and his acknowledgment that the bill needs changes to pass was itself a change. Last week, Ryan was pledging action next week by the
Instead, Ryan spent part of his news conference disputing suggestions that he and Trump are at odds over the health bill, rumblings that originate with Ryan's very reluctant support for Trump during the presidential campaign.
"There is no intrigue, palace intrigue, divisions between the principals ... there really is no schism whatsoever," Ryan insisted. "I'm excited at the fact that we have a president who likes closing deals."
But some conservatives, having ousted the last House speaker, were beginning to grumble openly about Ryan's leadership. "Maybe
By many accounts Trump has been closely involved in negotiations on the health bill, including calling Budget Committee members ahead of Thursday's vote, but he is seen as focused on delivering his "repeal and replace" promise and flexible on the fine print.
Failing to pass a bill while his party controls both the