"Right now, the date that's in the bill is what the president supports,"
Spicer's comments indicated that Trump has taken the side of
The development also suggested that Trump had reversed himself after meeting with House leaders Friday; earlier in the week, the president told conservative lawmakers and leaders of outside conservative groups that he was open to further negotiations.
If so, Trump's stance gives House Speaker
The chairman of the
"He's willing to get the very best of any deal, and he knows that there is a real willingness to negotiate in good faith to get a better bill," Rep.
Next week, the independent
But Friday, the proxy battle concerned the ACA's expansion of
House Majority Leader
Before meeting with the committee chairs Friday, Trump congratulated them for advancing the legislation in marathon sessions this week and voiced optimism about the road ahead. "This is the time we're going to get it done," he said.
"We'll continue to listen; we'll continue to make improvements where we can," said Rep.
"We are ready to go, and the worst thing we could do is hit the pause button and continue Obamacare and its broken policies," said Rep.
And in a Friday radio interview with conservative host
Meadows said Ryan and other party leaders were being unreasonable: "To suggest that they're willing to listen but that no substantial changes would be made sends a real clear message that 'We appreciate your input, but we don't appreciate your amendments.' "
Walden said Friday that changing the phaseout date would upset a carefully crafted bill that was negotiated with key parties off