Despite the failure of the first attempt at an Obamacare replacement, House Republicans continue to negotiate with the White House.
House Freedom Caucus members and White House officials are hopeful they can reach an agreement in negotiations over the resurrected plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, despite President Trump’s threats to ditch the conservative voting bloc and strike a healthcare deal with Democrats instead.
“I’m cautiously optimistic that we may be able to reach a path forward by week’s end,” a Freedom Caucus source told the Washington Examiner. “Despite the administration saying a week or so back they’d no longer pursue healthcare reform at this time, that has changed and we continue to be in active communication with the White House.”
The administration’s initial attempt to shepherd a Republican healthcare bill through the House ended on March 24 in a bitter defeat when, amid flagging GOP support for the legislation, Speaker Paul Ryan canceled a planned floor vote and signaled negotiations would conclude for the foreseeable future.