Another participant - Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. - said the group would make no decisions until it reviews the language but called the session a "good meeting" in a text message.
The bill has stalled because the far right and centrist wings of the Republican caucus disagree on a fundamental question: What to do about Obamacare's insurance reforms, which prevent insurance companies from charging sick people higher premiums and require insurers to cover "essential health benefits." Some fellow House Republicans have also criticized members of the conservative group, accusing them of inflexibility that led to the downfall of the bill to replace "Obamacare", a top GOP legislative priority.
To tackle the biggest overhaul of the US tax code since the Reagan era quickly, House Republicans need to avoid the political fault lines that sank their healthcare bill, partly by having conservatives on board. An agreement, Holler said, was contingent upon "moderate members doing the things they've promised their constituents they would do".
To Collins, this faction within the House GOP had been not been straightforward in negotiating over healthcare in recent days.
The GOP's clumsy rush back into health-care negotiations suggests Republicans and the administration are not as content with this status quo as they initially indicated. He said that the Freedom Caucus needs to fight for the things they told Americans they would accomplish and pointed to increasing border security and defunding planned parenthood as examples.
"We are looking to make this bill much more consistent with what we told the American people we were going to do when they elected us on November 8", said Jordan.
But Trish Riley, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, said those didn't work well in the past. Which means that a bill too draconian to pick up 50 votes in that chamber, or a bill which would need an impossible 60 because of how reconciliation rules work, may not be as big a problem for House Republicans as one might think. Gary Palmer of Alabama and David Schweikert of Arizona - both of whom are members of the Freedom Caucus, the group that effectively blocked the first health care bill brought by Ryan.
"It's not the Tom DeLay system around here", he said referring to the former House majority leader from Texas, whose forceful leadership style earned him the nickname The Hammer.More news: GOP Divided Over New Course After House Health Care Debacle
"According to a senior White House official not authorized to speak publicly, Pence conveyed in the intense discussion that the president wanted the House to move immediately on health care in order to keep the effort of repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act alive".
This time, however, Needham said the Freedom Caucus had agreed to major concessions in order to secure Tuesday Group support.
"The Freedom Caucus is still working to improve the bill, we appreciate that".
Ryan told reporters after a closed meeting with fellow Republicans on Tuesday morning that the renewed healthcare effort was simply in the "conceptual stage right now", and did not give a timeline for having a bill on the House floor.
"We've got a couple months at least", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday.
No deal on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare is expected before lawmakers head home for a two-week break, putting a cap for now on the on-again, off-again talks that have divided the Republican party. "We need people to stop, take a deep breath, and think through the way to get the yes". "But we can get rid of 75-80% of Obamacare with a spending bill under the reconciliation rules and I live by Ronald Reagan rule which is an 80% win is not a 20% loss and an 80% friend is not a 20% enemy".
Instead, opponents of the current measure say they want tax subsidies for health care to less generous than under Obama's program for many lower wage-earners and people in their 50s and 60s.