Rand Paul: Trump 'very open to negotiation' to ObamaCare bill
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal 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. 
 
 
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 LeeRubio on push for paid family leave: ‘We still have to work on members of my own party’ National ad campaign pushes Congress to pass legislation lowering drug prices Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE (Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE (Texas) and Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonThis week: Trump delivers State of the Union amid immigration fight Ingraham: White House yanked immigration plan defense from show After shutdown surrender, why should progressives ever trust Chuck Schumer again? 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.