Alice Ollstein contributed reporting.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is not in the mood to negotiate the Obamacare repeal bill – and he doesn't want you to get the idea that the vice president is either.
Ryan pushed back at the idea that Vice President Mike Pence had told conservative hardliners that the Obamacare repeal bill unveiled this week was open to negotiations, arguing that what Pence meant is that Republicans are at the beginning of a process that will also include administrative changes to the law and separate health care reform bills down the road.
“It’s not that this is open for negotiations," Ryan said Tuesday at a press conference to tout the legislation, the American Health Care Act. Pence had met with Republicans on both sides of the chamber Tuesday, including the House hardliners resisting the bill.
"What Mike is trying to describe is we envision three phases,” Ryan said, referring to a process that will start with the American Health Care Act, incorporate regulatory changes made by Health and Humans Secretary Tom Price and eventually include standalone health care bills that will need Democratic support.
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