On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his office for a 30-minute meeting. When he emerged, Cruz told reporters that the changes conservative Freedom Caucus members had talked about in the House GOP’s proposed American Health Care Act — its alternative to Obamacare — raised his hope that the Republican Party could take another run at reform.

“Last night, it appears meaningful progress was made in the House towards arriving upon a resolution that could bring Republicans in the House together — in which case, the bill would come over to the Senate, and we’d have our work cut out for us,” Cruz said.

Cruz, who told a rally full of conservatives last month that failure on health care would turn Republicans into “laughingstocks,” said he was among the people “working day and night” to figure out a breakthrough. “The relevant players all want to get to yes,” he said. While Republicans previously hoped to pass a bill without exposing it to angry crowds in the coming congressional recess, Cruz said the negotiations could take longer.

“We should move expeditiously, but there shouldn’t be an artificial timeline,” Cruz said. “It took the Obama administration 14 months to pass Obamacare. The House bill was on the House floor a total of 18 days.”

The bill was pulled by the House leadership in late March because it was opposed by too many moderate and conservative Republicans to pass.