- The Washington Times - Monday, March 27, 2017

The White House said Monday that President Trump is “absolutely” serious about working with Democrats on health care legislation after conservative Republicans balked at a GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“We learned a lot through this process,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “If we can come up with resolution on a way to move forward, we’ll certainly entertain that. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of health care.”

Mr. Trump criticized the conservative House Freedom Caucus for failing to support the administration-backed bill last week, saying they were allowing Obamacare to remain in place and permitting federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Democrats in the House were united in opposition to the plan put forward by House Republican leaders and the administration, saying Obamacare should be fixed, not ended.

Asked if working with Democrats would require a serious course correction by the administration, Mr. Spicer said, “Sure.”

“The president’s willing to listen to these individuals,” he said, adding that the White House is looking for a plan that can receive support from a majority of House lawmakers.

“That’s the name of the game,” Mr. Spicer said.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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