In an interview with Bret Baier, host of 'Special Report' on Fox News Channel, Vice President Mike Pence commented on the chorus of House Republicans coming out against the current form of the Trump administration's health care reform bill.
"We're all literally on the same page about where we need to go," Pence said about the many Republicans with criticisms. "But how you get there is oftentimes complicated in Washington D.C. based upon the arcane rules of the institution."
"If there are ways to improve the bill," Pence said. "That is where we are headed."
BRET BAIER: How much can you change it? How much give can you give to conservatives, on this first bill, considering the constraints of actually getting it through the way you want to get it through?
VP MIKE PENCE: Well, I think we're going to listen very intently to conservative leaders. I was a very active conservative when I was in the House of Representatives, and my respect for the men and women who are in the conservative caucus and in the Senate is really boundless. These are people that understand the solutions that we can bring to our healthcare economy.
But we're all literally on the same page about where we need to go. But how you get there is oftentimes complicated in Washington D.C. based upon the arcane rules of the institution. But what President Trump has said, to our whole team, is continue to engage members. This is the bill. But if there are ways to improve that bill and to give people greater confidence that we're all going to arrive at the same place, where Obamacare is done, and we've replaced it with the kind of healthcare reforms that lower the cost of health insurance by expanding people's choices and giving states more flexibility, then that's where we're headed.