The White House prodded House Republican leaders to make last-minute tweaks to their Obamacare replacement bill Thursday aimed at protecting high-cost patients before lawmakers leave Washington for their two-week spring break.
From the party's right flank, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark Sanford of SC said: "I've heard nothing of substance at this point that would break the logjam".
The only thing we have going for us is that, after the 2018 midterms, it might not even be Republicans who get to choose the Speaker of the House.
Conservative Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said he remained a "no" votes, saying states should be allowed to opt out of Obama's insurance requirements without seeking federal permission "on bended knee".
"It's an issue of trying to craft a bill that can keep everyone on board", said Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., a member of the Freedom Caucus who supported the initial legislation. Meadows said talks were boiling down to curbing several of Obama's coverage requirements - a sharp contrast to the full repeal of the statute that many initially demanded.
And there continues to be wariness across the House GOP of moving too fast on a major bill that could potentially affect one-sixth of the US economy.
The White House on Wednesday talked up progress with Republicans on resuscitating the GOP health care bill, but offered no timeline on rewriting a measure that could win House approval. Efforts to gain votes from holdout conservatives repelled moderate Republicans in the House, while efforts to placate moderates kept conservatives from signing on.
The American Health Care Act, The GOP's first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, ended in a humiliating defeat last month after it became apparent the House did not have enough votes to push the bill through.
The finger-pointing follows a brief burst of optimism Monday when Vice President Mike Pence took charge of negotiations.
"We're taking our time and working through policy and structure until we reach consensus", said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady.
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The Bangladesh Prime Minister will also honour 1661 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the 1971 Liberation War, he said. Modi will host a luncheon for Hasina at the Hyderabad House where Mamata is expected to be present.
So what was the objective of the new effort, which was led mostly from the White House?
"It just doesn't bode well for tax reform", said Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), as the top ally of President Trump in the Congress blasted more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus, and openly wondered whether that same group would find a way not to support a Trump tax reform bill. It found that 64% of the public overall said it was a good thing Congress did not pass the American Health Care Act. Some of my friends on the right need to figure out that we can't get everything that we want.
"That does nothing to diminish the horror of their bill", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
Conservative activists Wednesday blamed at least five members of the centrist House Tuesday Group for the impasse. He said Reps. David Schweikert (Ariz.) and Gary Palmer (Ala.) have sponsored an amendment to the American Health Care Act, which is created to reduce premium costs.
"It's hard for me to believe that any state would take us back. when it comes to the protections that consumers have for pre-existing conditions", Laszewski said.
A House aide said Pence and other White House officials painted a "dire" political picture of what would happen if Republicans fail to act on health care.
"I realize how important it is to keep up momentum so be assured that conversations will continue ... should we be prepared to advance our bill through the House in the coming two weeks, we will advise members immediately and give you sufficient time to return to Washington", McCarthy wrote Thursday morning in an e-mail to House Republicans. In order to solve this issue, they say, the federal government would have to massively subsidize the costs for people in these pools.
"This is the gang that can't shoot straight", Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, told ABC News as he left a GOP meeting on the latest health care discussions Wednesday afternoon.
Many moderate members have panned the proposal.