Into the fray has stepped Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who chairs the main Senate panel that deals with health policy matters.
"We've got a lot of work to do", said Senator David Perdue, a Georgia Republican and former businessman and active proponent of tax cuts.
But in the meantime, one of the President's top priorities will soon be the subject of serious congressional consideration.
Moreover, the failure of the Obamacare repeal - the President said in a weekend tweet that his putative Republican allies looked "like fools" and worried that Republican senators might be "total quitters" - underscored the difficulties ahead for simplifying the tax system and reducing some taxes, especially corporate taxes.
So can they find common ground? Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., a committee member. A second amendment was defeated that would have scrapped it and substituted relaxed coverage rules for insurers, less generous tax subsidies for consumers and Medicaid cuts.
Trump has called those payments bailouts for insurers. Trump has continued the payments until now. "I think we're in for a long fall", he said. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. "I don't know if I want to prop it up".
Trump and Republicans call the expenditures bailouts for insurers. "We want to work with Congress to do that", said Sanders. In that instance, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is a Democrat, but the outlet speculated that his close relationship with McConnell may have offered a "conservative replacement".
"I think we should be working together and I think that's a way to see if we can put the pieces back together on legislation that makes sense", Portman said this week - and he arrives at a White House today that has not given up on the GOP bill.
But that's what Republicans plan to do.
The legislation includes a severance tax on natural gas drilling that Corman said would generate about $100 million per year.
The conditional offer may not attract immediate response from Republicans. Meadows said it's hard for members to sell a tax plan to their constituents without knowing what the corporate rate will be and whether businesses will be allowed to fully deduct their capital spending from income immediately instead of over years. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and more recently has worked closely with the committee's top Democrat, Sen.
Without an actual bill on the table, however, it's impossible to say if he's right.
Portman has made clear to reporters in recent days that while last week's defeat of the GOP 'skinny' bill was a setback, he's not ready to give up on the GOP figuring out how to get to 50 votes in the Senate. Oil state lawmakers, regardless of party, want breaks for that industry.
Mulvaney cheered on his fellow Republicans who have already begun pursuing tax reform and raising the debt ceiling, arguing that health care reform can continue simultaneously.
Would Ryan support a measure like Alexander's?
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