In return, Democrats would have to give Republicans something, such as expanding state options to experiment with health care policy and possibly some loosening of Obamacare regulations.
Senate Republicans are divided on a path forward for their healthcare bill.
"We have to stay here".
"I don't even pay any attention to what is going on with the administration because I don't care. And I just don't know if he's going to be back".
Dining on rib-eye steak and peach cobbler with a group of senators, President Donald Trump was cautiously optimistic that Republican efforts to overhaul Obamacare were in good shape.
Some Republican lawmakers opposing the repeal effort say the changes go too far in curbing insurance coverage under the government's health care program for impoverished people, while others say the party leaders' repeal plan does not go far enough to dismantle the Obama law.
"There is no question that the president's meeting added a lot of momentum towards getting to a result", said Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.
The coverage impact of Cruz's proposal is unclear. "He's saying 'Death, death death!'", Trump said.
Yes, it's a little late, but better late than never. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Sen. Following the White House meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked if senators are experiencing whiplash. That includes withholding subsidy payments to insurers that the law established or declining to enforce a mandate requiring people to buy coverage.
- This story was updated at 3:03 p.m. Murkowski said. "To the BCRA?"
Trump has lunch scheduled with Republican senators today to again resurrect the healthcare legislation.
After the friendly exchange, Trump said, "Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?"
The comment drew a wry smile from Heller.
From the first to the second version, there is no significant change to how many people will be covered under their plan - and, thus, no change to who votes for it. And, thus, no deal.
The original Senate Republican legislation, crafted in private with no public debate nor committee hearings, also would have left 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026. But in the hyper-partisan fantasyland of Washington, he's being delusional. You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.
Republican senators will head to the White House for lunch with the President and Vice President. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican. In the House, conservatives and moderates managed to bridge their differences and narrowly pass an Obamacare reform bill.
During the call, the aide said, Lee reiterated to Trump his request for the consumer freedom amendment. And no one offered specific examples of any progress.
Trump's activism on the bill has come primarily over the phone. Much of the increased funding comes from the elimination of tax cuts for the wealthy. "They MUST keep their promise to America!" he tweeted this morning.
The dramatic implosion effectively means that Trump, who marks his first half-year in office Thursday, has no major legislative victory in hand, squandering months of political capital. Senate GOP staffers, almost to a person, say it's done.