A Cruz confidant, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows says it's a hard choice.
"That may be adding additional money into it", he said, without offering further details on how much money might be needed or how it might be used. "We are going to come out with a real bill, not Obamacare".
Even for this president, telling the Senate to fix his reform proposal is a remarkably lazy move.
Republicans now face a do-or-die moment to pass a bill.
So it was that on Tuesday, Capitol Hill reporters were stunned to learn that according to an edict coming down from Senate Rules Committee chairman Richard Shelby, they would be forbidden from interviewing senators in the halls of the Senate unless they had prior permission - meaning none of the hundreds of impromptu interviews that take place almost every day outside hearing rooms or on the way from one meeting to another would be allowed any longer. Now, facing a deadline if they want to finish the legislation this summer, the Trump administration is looking to step up pressure on GOP senators.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment, telling reporters aboard Air Force One Tuesday evening, "We don't comment on rumors or private conversations". "And I really appreciate what you are doing". Senator Ron Johnson stated in an interview on Monday that he has not even seen the details of the bill, which could receive a vote on the Senate within a few weeks.
The luncheon, which brought together the eclectic group of Republican lawmakers, was organized to give the President a chance to check in on the process, not twist arms with the hope of striking a deal, a White House official said.
President Donald Trump supports the bill, with the White House saying it "stems the flow of payments to ineligible individuals under Obamacare".
But people aren't as accepting of the Senate bill as Trump seems to be. "The consequences would be awful to fail", adding: "Even worse than not passing a bill is passing a bill that makes the problems worse".
The prohibition apparently came from the Senate Rules Committee, run by the Republican caucus.
The CMS enrollment report says that 'on average, since 2014, more than a million enrollees have dropped their coverage before the end of the plan year'. Trump said he wants the Senate version to be "more generous", the sources said.
The senators Trump invited to lunch included Republicans from both ideological camps. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to a measure that blocks funding to Planned Parenthood is among them.
Portman, Cruz, Lee and Toomey are all members of Senate Republican's working group on health care.
Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who is pushing for Medicaid benefits to be retained, sounded a more optimistic note.
Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and John Thune of South Dakota quickly scurried into another health care meeting on Capitol Hill.
"They have not given us anything", one Senate Republican aide told CNN. "Let's get this done now because circumstances are only going to get tougher". The GOP is closing in on a deal for a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the law colloquially known as Obamacare, outside of the public eye.