Caitlin Owens May 17, 2017
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The Medicaid compromise that isn't going to happen

(John Minchillo / AP)

Senate Republicans are trying to reconcile conservatives' position on Medicaid reform with those of moderates and Republicans from expansion states. While these seem like difficult positions to balance, one GOP senator told me there's a way both sides could win by moving part of the Medicaid portion of the House bill to the right and part of it to the left.

The problem: Moderates aren't caving to anything that moves the bill further right. "As soon as you move further that direction, you're going to lose about six or eight people. So I don't see how that works," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a moderate from an expansion state.

The bottom line: "Senate is not going to be more conservative than the [H]ouse on Medicaid," a senior GOP aide told me.