Trump met with several conservative critics of the plan, signaling both a willingness to negotiate its details and that it does not have enough votes to emerge from the House.
More acknowledgment of the proposal's problems came from
Yet the plan emerged from two key House committees Thursday, and House Speaker
"Today, the House took a decisive step forward in fulfilling a promise to the American people that has been years in the making: repealing and replacing Obamacare with affordable, patient-centered reforms," Energy and Commerce Chairman
The plan now heads to another panel, the Budget Committee, and it remains on track to land on the House floor by month's end.
But the proposal faces challenges with
Senate Majority Leader
"I think we need to know that," McConnell said at a breakfast sponsored by
Trump and Ryan have adopted diverging approaches to critics of the overhaul.
While Trump has endorsed the legislation, he has expressed a willingness to make deals with its critics in recent days, while Ryan has emphasized the precarious nature of the legislation House leaders have drafted, all but ruling out substantial changes to the bill before it comes up for a final vote.
At an unusual Thursday news conference, a shirt-sleeved Ryan gave a 23-minute presentation.
Hours later, leaders of the hard-right
"I didn't hear anything that said it's a binary choice at the
Meadows and other conservatives have leveled three broad objections to the Ryan-backed bill: that the system of tax credits it creates constitutes a new government entitlement, that it does not do enough to curtail the ACA's
Trump and Ryan have both sent strong signals this week that they consider the tax credit issue settled, and several
Another influential House conservative group, the Republican Study Committee, proposed amendments to the
Trump sought to calm fears about the process in an afternoon tweet: "Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!"
The accelerated pace has drawn criticism from
One of those
"Get it right, don't get it fast," Cotton wrote from his political account.
One of those senators,
"That concerns me if it provides less certainty for the expanded
Meanwhile, the American Action Network, a group with close ties to Ryan, said it would launch television ads in more than two dozen media markets urging intransigent conservatives to support the plan.