That could be seen as laying the groundwork for the health care backup plan Trump was reportedly talking about just last week: abandoning efforts to replace Obamacare, and blaming the Democrats once the health care system collapses.
Heller, who faces re-election next year, was asked if he agreed with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has expressed opposition.
Like the Freedom Caucus, centrist Republicans, too, have been skeptical about the legislation rolled out last week by House GOP leaders.
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Trump's admission that the current House G.OP. bill is "preliminary" is the latest in a series of contradictory remarks and positions over the past few days. This form of bill is also immune to filibuster in the Senate.
Lawmakers at the meeting include Rep. Gary Palmer, a Republican from Alabama, who voted against the plan in a House budget committee vote.
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A group of conservative lawmakers came out in support of the House GOP's Obamacare replacement plan Friday, but even with their backing, an influential bloc of conservatives remain opposed to the bill.
But House Republicans want to eliminate that feature of the law, and the GOP bill would allow a five-to-one ratio as part of an attempt to attract more of the younger, healthier customers whom insurers want.
Trump did take a stab at selling the plan at a rally in Tennessee later Wednesday night: "The House legislation does so much for you". That meeting - a prelude to bringing the legislation to the House floor - is expected to produce amendments aimed at securing votes.
The video leads up to a dramatic climax, featuring words from none other than the president, Donald Trump. "So when they say, 'Oh more people are on the plan" - there's not gonna be any people on the plan, ' he said.
Republicans are pulling in different directions as they strive to get traction for a health care overhaul that's in danger of being dragged down by differences within their own party.
"If Republicans hold a big press conference and pat ourselves on the back that we've repealed Obamacare and everyone's premiums keep going up, people will be ready to tar and feather us on the streets and quite rightly", Cruz said.