Rand Paul: Trump 'very open to negotiation' to ObamaCare bill
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Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulRand Paul: Insurance should be available for a day Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel Rocky rollout for Senate healthcare bill 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 RyanLawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono Healthcare spending: the elephant in the tax reform room 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 LeeMike LeeOnly Congress can enable drone technology to reach its full potential Rocky rollout for Senate healthcare bill Overnight Healthcare: Latest on Senate healthcare bill | Four conservatives say they'll oppose | Obama slams bill | Health groups offer scathing criticism MORE (Utah), Ted CruzTed CruzWill Republicans stand up to the NRA's insurrection rhetoric? Rocky rollout for Senate healthcare bill Overnight Healthcare: Latest on Senate healthcare bill | Four conservatives say they'll oppose | Obama slams bill | Health groups offer scathing criticism MORE (Texas) and Tom CottonTom CottonOnly Congress can enable drone technology to reach its full potential Senate Dem offers patent reform bill Sasse: Someone subscribed me to Nickleback emails as a prank 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.