Ryan downplays hope on health-care talks
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday his GOP troops are having constructive talks on reviving the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, though cautioned they were still in the “conceptual” stage and hadn’t reached an agreement on the thorny issue.
The White House breathed new life into the debate by floating a potential compromise that would let states request a waiver from some Obamacare regulations.
Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus had balked at a plan pushed by Mr. Trump and that would have left those rules intact, saying the plan wouldn’t drive down premiums.
“It’s premature to say where we are or what we’re on, because we’re at that conceptual stage right now,” said Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican.
Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Freedom Caucus late Monday to talk about a way forward after Mr. Trump said the Caucus needed to get on board with the rest of the party.