White House officials offer change to health care bill

But Meadows also said, "There is no deal in principle" at this time.

Paul Ryan used his weekly news conference to explain GOP leadership's proposed health care plan.

He assured he would work with Democrats to pass a plan - but only if the Republicans can't "get what we want" by themselves. Now it looks like he could be making progress.

Several Republicans emerging from the closed-door GOP caucus Tuesday morning said they weren't ready to sign on to any deal.

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), co-chair of the Tuesday Group, said he was "open" to giving states the power to opt out of some of ObamaCare's insurer requirements but stressed that he has not yet seen the language.

"Some of us will be meeting with him tonight", said MacArthur, a New Jersey Republican. "We went there last night and he'll meet with a broader group tonight to try and flesh this out". We want our members to talk with each other about how we can improve the bill to get consensus. Both the flowing champagne and the gnashing of teeth had to do more with politics than with finding the best solution for America's health-care quandary.

"God bless them", the Texas Republican said. Its members argued that the bill didn't go far enough to undo the law.

His proposal would let insurance companies offer plans less expensive than those mandated by ObamaCare, and would eliminate the so-called essential health benefit requirements of ObamaCare. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), was his 14th visit to a course since the president took office 10 weeks ago. That is certainly the view of Freedom Caucus members such as Dave Brat, who said that his predecessor, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, had "veer (ed) from the Republican creed". An aide emphasized that changes had to "add net votes" to the total in order for leaders to agree to move forward with it.

Yet imagine how much more intrusive, expensive, and burdensome Obamacare might have been if President Obama had been able to punish certain congressional Democrats for their reluctance to endorse a more ambitious form of health-care reform, perhaps something closer to a single-payer system. "They are negotiating as we speak", Trump told the FT. He expected to see a detailed draft of the proposal within 24 hours, he said.

And, there was still little evidence that Pence's renewed push had changed any minds in the House Freedom Caucus.

Trump told the Financial Times that members of the caucus were "friends of mine".

Vice President Mike Pence, along with other White House officials, met with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to renegotiate and possibly revive the Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the chairman of the caucus said.

Conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action had planned to keynote the health care vote - meaning that if they'd supported the Trump-Ryan bill, their cumulative conservative score would have taken a hit on the groups' annual scorecard and given ammunition to a primary challenger running against them from the right.

Aware of the divisions within his own party, Ryan cautioned reporters Tuesday about the state of Republicans' progress on the issue, saying what's important is that members are talking through their differences.

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady said the meeting with his panel's 16 Democratic members will focus on ways to simplify the USA tax code for individuals and stop US companies from moving production and research facilities overseas - both key House Republican tax reform objectives.