Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could only afford to lose two Republican votes to pass the Senate's version of the Obamacare repeal, which is the slimmest of margins even for a party that demands total loyalty on every issue.
After the announcement Tuesday that Senate Republican leaders postponed a vote on legislation aimed at overhauling the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, said he remains confident that the Senate will produce a strong bill.
"We only have three basic tools at our disposal in which to manage this level of a cut", she said.
"We're optimistic we're going to get to a result that's better than the status quo", he said. "And that's OK, and I understand that very well".
DAVIS: You know, this is the challenge that McConnell faced.
"We are going to talk", Trump told reporters during the meeting.
Despite the opposition to the bill, only 17 percent of people said they want Obamacare to stay and remain unchanged.
Nine members of the party have publicly said they would not vote for the bill in its current form. And I'm sure they're going to hear a lot from both of those camps when they go home for the July Fourth recess.
To the immediate right of Trump sat Alaska Sen.
"Nothing has been promised, it's what I am looking for", she said.
Heller told reporters last week that he could not support a bill "that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans".
One more number to throw at you.
The House of Representatives passed its version of a healthcare bill last month after a similar struggle to get conservatives and moderates on the same page. McConnell released his proposal on June 22 after weeks of secret drafting.
At the White House meeting with most of the 52 Republican senators, Trump said it was vital to reach agreement on the Senate healthcare measure because Obamacare was "melting down".
No one suggests the Affordable Care Act could not be dramatically improved.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a delay for any voting while at a closed-door senators' lunch also attended by Vice President Mike Pence. Republicans worry a failure to deliver will cost them votes in next year's congressional elections.
But the serious negotiating has yet to begin.
Moderate senators said the bill would harm some of their vulnerable constituents, while conservatives said it had too much government interference. "But we're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place" to vote for the measure, McConnell said.
The Times also reported that Republican senators, including McConnell, expressed frustration with ads from a pro-Trump nonprofit group attacking GOP Sen.