It ain't over til it's over.
Seventy-two hours after a humiliating retreat in the House, the Trump administration said Monday that it was "looking for a way forward" on an effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. And the administration suggested that might mean a strategy of working with Democrats on health care and other issues.
"We're not saying it's the end of health care," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at a press conference. "But I would say we are looking for a way forward."
That way could include collaborating with Democrats on a replacement plan, given the fact that it was a relative handful of Republicans whose opposition to the leading GOP bill on that effort led to its demise last Friday.
"There's been a lot of outreach from members of both sides [of the political aisle] about this idea," Spicer said. "Obviously we're willing to listen and move forward."
"The president is eager to get to 218 on a lot of initiatives," said Spicer, referring to the number of votes needed in the House when it has full membership to get a bill passed.
"That doesn't mean we need the entire Democratic caucus, we need to have some responsible Democrats."
Spicer said Obamacare is "a failure," and "if [Democrats] want to come back to the table and recognize how we can do it in a more responsible way ... we're willing to have that discussion."
Spicer did not rule out, in a response to a question, the possibility of the Trump administration trying to achieve several hundred billion dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy through means other than the Obamacare replacement bill, as originally intended.