Freedom Caucus, Tuesday Group meet with Pence

If Trump wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something "great", he needs to put together a deal that caters to the far right, moderates, his own base and Democrats in the Senate. Rand Paul and several freshmen congressmen - are still looking for a deal.

Vice President Mike Pence and other key aides were meeting with members of the moderate "Tuesday Group", the conservative Republican Study Committee and the House Freedom Caucus, the rebel group of conservative lawmakers that derailed the first administration-backed healthcare bill last month.

What are the changes being discussed?

Meanwhile, some House Freedom Caucus members, representing the most conservative Republicans who control Congress, were already criticising the revamped healthcare outline.

Con: Patient advocacy groups battled for the ACA's required benefits and they'll fight changes seen as harmful.

What they didn't factor in was the downward mobility of the white working class.

House Republicans have discussed some changes to the bill that they hope will bring more "yes" votes to the table.

One of the things Congress can do is to move some money around, and there are "a few simple things" that insurance companies can do to make the marketplace more attractive, he said.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said Monday night the "backstop" for people with pre-existing conditions priced out of coverage would be high risk pools, which operate by separating the seriously ill out of the insurance market.

Those protections are known as "community rating", which prevents insurers from charging sick people more, and "guaranteed issue", which prevents insurers from denying coverage to sick people. "I think there's a rhetoric versus reality disconnect there that's important".

Where is the White House?

White House officials and leading legislators aimed to resume talks today. That is being received well for the moment - and the efforts are growing.

Those instructions are now being viewed as premature by everyone involved, but the core issues - and central problems that plagued and eventually sank the original bill - remain unchanged.

The outing came hours after Trump tweeted that talks to rework the nation's healthcare law were still under way.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan walks away after holding his press conference to announce the canceled vote on the American Health Care Act on March 24, 2017.

But Brady did tell reporters Monday his team is serving to "monitor and assist" any ongoing talks and has been asked to help on both policy and technical questions.

Meadows said that Obamacare's community rating system, which prevents insurers from varying premiums within a geographic area based on age, gender, health status or other factors, would be eligible for the waivers.

Some House Republicans are pushing back against pressure from the Trump administration to jump aboard its latest version of a GOP health bill. But that's what you need to do in order to get that, meaning get members talking.

Inside the White House, according to people involved in the conversations, the target rate had been bumped up again, to a minimum of 20 percent and very likely a bit more.

One of the many unknowns troubling Ignagni is a pending federal appeals court case, House v. Price, which could determine the fate of Obamacare's cost-sharing reductions. "If you were to think of us more as an intellectual conservative think tank with a backbone, that's what we are", Brooks told reporters.

The objective of the meeting was to hash out differences between Republican factions over a healthcare proposal as the White House aims for a quick vote on the legislation before Congress leaves Washington for a two-week recess scheduled to begin on Friday.

Trump attacked Freedom Caucus members on Twitter late last week for their opposition to the bill and threatened to work to defeat them in the 2018 congressional elections.

The two sides are not in a good place - at all. Whites without college degrees opposed Ryan's bill 48 percent to 22 percent, while voters between 50 and 64 years old opposed it 62 percent to 16 percent.

  • Larry Hoffman