"You know in the past when we've tried to allow that in Wyoming at a state level, it's been very hard because our healthcare costs are so high and because our population is so small, but hopefully if we have a situation where you've got those restrictions lifted nationwide, people really will be able to begin to have more choice".
So they have privately turned to a handful of governors to help resolve the issue - including Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich, according to several sources involved in the talks.
Levitt is not convinced the Republican's continuous coverage plan would work.
The stakes for Republicans are already high.
Condeluci said the expansion vs. non-expansion issue will likely be brokered intently this weekend as the National Governors Association convenes its winter meetings in Washington, D.C., February 24-27. Proponents argue it provides states with more flexibility while bringing down costs. "And to turn our back on them makes no sense".
Jordan said the GOP-led Congress should "put on President Trump's desk the exact same plan we put on President Obama's desk just a year and a half ago". "Subsidies for those who can't afford it, who aren't on Medicaid, who I call the working poor, subsidies for them will be there".
Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to unveil the final plan this week. That's about the same as in January, when 45 percent said it was a good idea and 41 percent said it was a bad one - the all-time high in the bill's popularity. "We don't have the votes in Congress to pass a repeal bill, in part because of what these people are doing", Brooks concluded.
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So why is there reason for hope? "Some bad things have happened in the United States", Ginsburg said. It is the pendulum. "When the pendulum swings too far in one direction it will go back", she said.
That echoes what Buck, a Republican from Windsor, said in an interview Thursday.
Boehner also soothed his audience by telling them that when all is said and done, most of the current health care law will still be in place.
The founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said the Republican Party can not compromise on its promise to fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Despite this, many healthcare organizations are in favor of a change from Obamacare with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services being one of them.
But several people involved in the discussions say the biggest challenge right now is how to resolve the Medicaid dilemma.
Repealing the Medicaid expansion, defunding Planned Parenthood and a ban on federal tax credits paying for abortions are among the measures contained in a draft House Republican Obamacare repeal plan obtained by Politico. Let consumers keep the plans they want.
Of course, Boehner is no longer on the front lines of the conflict. But given the way that discussion went, it's understandable why organizers might not want to highlight the policy implications of their health care plans.
This contrasts with the majority of voters surveyed, 53%, who said the healthcare system in the United States has so many problems that it needed to be completely rebuilt.