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How Republicans Are Trying to Revive Healthcare Bill

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 07:47 AM

Several key Republicans are working behind the scenes to revive the healthcare bill, CNN is reporting.

Last month, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the GOP-pushed bill from consideration after it became clear it would not pass.

But since that time there are indications Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and some freshmen congressmen are still hard at work, according to CNN.

Paul recently played golf with President Donald Trump and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The group spent hours discussing healthcare, ABC News reported.

And Paul also met with the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which refused to back the healthcare bill initially.

"The sense I got from the House Freedom Caucus is that they're still open to discussion, they still want to have good communications with everyone on it, and they're still trying to find a middle ground," Paul said.

One change the administration is considering would allow state governors to opt out of some Affordable Care Act regulations, ABC News said.

Paul noted that "most conservatives are for that."

Pence has also met with members of the House Freedom Caucus, who remain noncommittal.

"There is no deal in principle, there is a solid idea that was offered that as we look at we'll evaluate," said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the caucus chairman. "We're certainly encouraged by the progress we're making."

And CNN noted those trying to revive the bill are walking a fine line trying to avoid alienating the conservative wing of the party or GOP moderates.

"But moderates have put the onus on the Freedom Caucus, White House and leadership to address their concerns and to this point, and by all accounts it's too early in the process to identify whether the effort will end with something that will really, actually, finally bring this back into the land of the living," the news network said.

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