But the message he delivered to them before reporters were ushered out of the room was not entirely hopeful.
"This will be great if we get it done, and if we don't get it done it's just going to be something that we're not going to like, and that's OK, and I understand that very well", Trump told a group of Republican senators visiting the White House on Tuesday. Most wore grim expressions. "We're optimistic we're going to get to a result that is better than the status quo". He's really subcontracted out the policymaking process to Republicans on Capitol Hill.
After the bill was made publicly available Thursday, Gardner told reporters, "We need to learn more and get the information and numbers behind it.That's not a no".
Meanwhile, not a single Democrat is expected to support the proposed legislation having lambasted it as a huge transfer of wealth from poor to rich.
SHAPIRO: Enough Republicans were threatening to vote against the bill if it was brought to the floor, so McConnell was forced to delay the vote until after the Fourth of July holiday. "Sen. Hatch has been in favor of this bill". The Medicaid program was expanded under former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
Several Republican senators, including Sen.
But the Republicans' own divisions are what has stymied them.
Among Republicans, Trump wouldn't bear the brunt of the blame if Congress is unable to repeal and replace Obamacare. "It's important that we succeed", Cornyn said as he rationalized McConnell's decision.
Kellyanne Conway on Senate health bill: 'These are not cuts to Medicaid'
She added, "What it's done under Obamacare, it's expanded the Medicaid pool of people who, quote, qualified beyond that". Conway said those who became a recipient of Medicaid through the Obamacare expansion are "grandfathered in".
Later, he said a discussion between GOP senators and Trump on Wednesday afternoon at the White House was very helpful and "everybody around the table is interested in getting an outcome".
"We only have three basic tools at our disposal in which to manage this level of a cut", she said.
The ad was pulled Tuesday evening.
It's unclear how much reconstructive work leadership intends to do on the health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or if they hope to win over the wobbly votes with a series of side deals, promises down the road or new information to put better spin on the bill's ugly CBO score.
But McConnell is finding it hard to satisfy demands from his diverse caucus.
Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would oppose the motion to open debate unless the bill was changed.
The Obamacare law expanded health insurance coverage to some 20 million people, in large part through an expansion of Medicaid.
The poll was taken from June 21 to 25, even before the release of a Congressional Budget Office report that estimated the bill would lead to 22 million more uninsured Americans by 2026.