NPR and its member stations have been tracking where members of Congress stand on the health care bill, and several of those in the meeting had already indicated they would vote for it.
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said he'd been assured by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that the bill's tax credit would be adjusted to focus more benefits on lower-income people.
Ryan, the top House of Representatives Republican, also continued to champion the legislation, saying on cable news he was open to making "improvements and refinements", but adding, "The major components are staying intact".
'And we made certain changes, ' Trump continued. The new bill would need to be able to not only help more people but also take the pressure off other Americans that Obamacare put on them.
He said the income caps for the subsidies would likely come down from $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples - perhaps to $50,000 and $130,000, respectively. Conservatives have been pushing to block grant Medicaid funds to the states. A lot of the final details are "still fluid", Roe said.
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As of Wednesday night, CNN's own whip count recorded 19 Republican House members against or leaning against the bill as it was written, a rude awakening that Ryan can't ignore.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) offered a grim outlook on the prospects of the House's proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
But keeping that promise has become a tough test of their Republican-controlled government.
Ryan called it "premature to get into the conclusion to those things" and said he was aiming for the "sweet spot" that gets the bill to pass.
The early morning vote was quicker than expected. I want people to know that ObamaCare is dead.
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The other two were Republicans voting "no" were Mark Sanford of SC and Gary Palmer of Alabama.
Republicans are on the fence when it comes to Medicaid.
The job of the whip team has only been made more hard this week by a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office score showing that 24 million more Americans could be uninsured in the next decade if the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare is passed.
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"I do not like the bill in its current form", he said.
'But to suggest that this is Obamacare light I think is wrong.
Moderates are wary of Ryan's efforts to reel in more conservatives because some of those changes could make the measure even harder for them to support.
Moderates "don't like the idea of taking a vote in the House that may go nowhere in the Senate", said congressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania.
But Trump sounded more like he was at the start of a negotiation than ready to close the deal.
"Absolutely not true that conservatives have flipped to yes on the health care bill", Amash wrote on Twitter. Pence met repeatedly with House Republicans but rebels still abounded. Right now, there are not enough backers to get the bill out of the House of Representatives.
The panel voted to urge Republican leaders to allow House floor amendments tightening Medicaid spending more than the bill does. One leading House conservative said the alterations were insufficient and claimed enough allies to sink the measure, and support among GOP moderates remained uncertain.
Republicans remain deeply divided over their USA healthcare overhaul, Trump's first major legislative initiative and one that aims to make good on his campaign pledge to repeal and replace the healthcare plan put in place by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. "I just can't fathom us getting it to this stage of the game and not moving it across the finish line".