How the GOP is buying off the TrumpCare haters

The Trump administration is ready to push for an earlier end to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, as Jonathan Swan and I reported yesterday. They want to end it in 2018, rather than 2020.

That’s a big one for conservatives, who don’t want more states to jump in before Medicaid expansion ends. Rep. Joe Barton, who offered that amendment in the Energy and Commerce Committee last week and then withdrew it, will bring it back in the Rules Committee next week, his spokesman tells me…

Why it’s happening: The bill has to get through the House Budget Committee today, where one conservative, Rep. Dave Brat, is already a “no” vote and others might not be far behind. Republicans can’t lose more than three votes. And then, of course, they’ve got to start cutting back the long list of Trumpcare haters in the House and the Senate. Here’s the running tally Shane Savitsky has been keeping for us.

What to watch this morning: If it appears that the bill might not have the votes to get out of the Budget Committee, don’t be surprised if they go into recess until Republicans have the votes.