Trump administration officials acknowledged to Republican senators at a White House meeting Tuesday that the House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is in serious jeopardy.
One adviser to a senator present at the meeting said the acknowledgment was simply that "they don't have the votes to pass this in current form," a reference to whether the House GOP bill in its current form could survive in the Senate.
The meeting included a handful of conservative senators who have expressed deep concerns with the bill. According to multiple aides, Vice President Mike Pence made a short visit to the closed-door briefing with lawmakers.Another senior Republican aide to a senator in the room said that the White House is "definitely looking at pretty big changes to the Ryan bill."
"There is no possible way a bill can be drafted by an individual or a handful of people and shoved down the throats of 535 people. It doesn't work that way," a Republican senator told CNN, noting that changing the bill is a normal part of the process.
One of the senators who attended, Ted Cruz of Texas, said talks are "productive."
"The conversations continue to be productive and they're moving forward well. The conversations are ongoing with the White House, the administration and the House and the Senate," Cruz said Wednesday.
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