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WH: Trump Continues Healthcare 'Conversations' With Lawmakers

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By    |   Monday, 03 Apr 2017 04:04 PM

The White House said Monday President Donald Trump is still working behind the scenes to garner bipartisan support for his healthcare legislation.

Press secretary Sean Spicer was asked during the daily White House press briefing if Trump has reached across the aisle to Democrats more than a week after the House GOP's healthcare bill fell flat because of opposition from Democrats and the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

"The president made it clear that he wants to work with anyone that wants to help. He had a very productive discussion with Sen. [Rand] Paul," Spicer said.

"I know the vice president has been actively engaged and other members of the House in particular. They're going to find a way forward. … The president continues to work hard. He's having the conversations. Members have reached out to him to make their suggestions known."

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was designed to replace the current Affordable Care Act but it was never brought to a scheduled vote on March 24 because House Speaker Paul Ryan realized he did not have the support to get it passed.

Paul, a Kentucky Republican, made it clear over the past several weeks that he did not back the AHCA legislation. Over the weekend, he joined Trump for a round of golf during which the pair discussed healthcare reform.

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