After holing up in the basement of the Capitol with Vice President Mike Pence for two hours Tuesday night, House Republicans emerged with no breakthrough on the logjam of issues preventing them from reaching consensus on a plan to repeal Obamacare.
No bill text was circulated, and none was promised to appear Wednesday, leaving the prospects that the House would vote on some type of healthcare legislation before adjourning for a two-week recess Thursday bleak.
However, lawmakers are expected to resume talks on Wednesday.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus, questioned after the meeting whether lawmakers should stick around during the two-week recess to finish up a deal.
"There's a concern on my part where if we're making real progress that going home sends the wrong message," he said. "It is certainly important that if we're close to a deal that we should work it out over the next few days to make sure we get here, even if it means we have to cancel a few plans to get that done."
But so far there aren't any real discussions on pushing back recess, he added.
Once lawmakers return from the Easter recess they must quickly put together a deal to fund the government before funding expires on April 28.
All participants would say was that the meeting was productive and progress was made.
"Good talk," Pence told reporters waiting outside the meeting room.
Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said there is no timetable for wrapping up negotiations, writing a new bill or bringing it to the floor, repeating what he said Monday that imposing one is not a good idea.
The main sticking points of the bill remain how to handle Obamacare's insurance regulations.
Conservative holdouts want states to be able to opt out of a provision called community rating price control, which would make healthcare more expensive for older and sicker consumers.
That provision is likely to be removed, Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a negotiator, said.
The other change, which would allow states to apply for a waiver to end some of Obamacare's essential health benefit requirement for insurance policies, isn't enough to bring some conservatives around to supporting the bill.
The proposal was outlined Monday night in a meeting between Pence and the House Freedom Caucus.
"If the changes suggested are the same that I heard last night, that is not enough to persuade me the bill is good for America," Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., told the Washington Examiner.
Al Weaver, Susan Ferrechio and Nicole Duran contributed to this report.