Rand Paul: Trump 'very open to negotiation' to ObamaCare bill
© Greg Nash

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators call for probe of federal grants on climate change Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Key ObamaCare groups in limbo | Opioids sending thousands of kids into foster care | House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for opioid treatments US watchdog: 'We failed' to stem Afghan opium production MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday said President Trump is open to changing parts of the House GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill. 

“Actually, I think the president is very open to negotiation,” Paul told Breitbart News Daily. “I talked to him again last night by phone. I’ve talked to him twice a week."
 
Paul added that during their talk on Thursday night, Trump "said he's open to negotiation." 
 
His comments come after a spokesman for Paul hinted that he expected the bill would "be up for renegotiation." 
Paul and House conservatives are pushing an alternative ObamaCare repeal bill that mirrors legislation passed by Congress in late 2015. 
 
The legislation would effectively separate repeal and replacement, a move that could draw opposition from a handful of centrist GOP senators who want the details of replacement locked down before they vote on repeal. 
 
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Paul also knocked an argument being echoed by both House and Senate leaders, that GOP lawmakers face a decision of supporting the House bill or supporting ObamaCare. 
 
"That isn’t sitting well with conservatives, and I promise you, the more we hear Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLaura Ingraham: George Will is ‘sad and petty’ for urging votes against GOP Seth Rogen: I told Paul Ryan I hate his policies in front of his kids George Will: Vote against GOP in midterms MORE say, ‘Take it or leave it,’ the less we’re willing to take it,” he told Breitbart. 
 
White House press secretary Sean Spicer pushed back on Friday against a question on whether Trump is willing to renegotiate the House bill, but stressed that the president is open to hearing other ideas on how to improve the legislation. 
 
"The president's also been very clear through all of the discussions ... that as he meets with members of Congress and outside groups, that if someone's got an idea that can make this legislation more accessible, give more choice to the American people, drive down costs, make it more patient centric, he wants to listen to it," Spicer told reporters during the daily press briefing.
 
Two House panels passed their portions of the GOP repeal and replacement bill this week, with the House hoping to pass the legislation by the end of the month. 
 
Senate GOP leadership wants to vote on the legislation by early April — when lawmakers leave a two-week recess — but the House bill is facing growing opposition in the upper chamber. 
 
In addition to Paul, conservative Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos Senate blocks bid to stop Obama water rule GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border MORE (Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration MORE (Texas) and Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump Hillicon Valley: New FTC chief eyes shake up of tech regulation | Lawmakers target Google, Huawei partnership | Microsoft employees voice anger over ICE contract Lawmakers urge Google to drop partnership with Chinese phone maker Huawei MORE (Ark.) are each voicing concerns over the bill. 
 
Meanwhile, a group of moderate senators are keeping a close eye on what happens to ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion. 
 
 
GOP leadership faces a narrow path to getting ObamaCare repeal through the upper chamber. Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate, meaning they can only lose two GOP senators and still pass the legislation if all Democrats and Independents oppose it.