Lawmakers handed President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan a major defeat on the floor of the House.
To a man and woman, nearly every one of the 237 Republicans elected to the House last November made the same promise to voters: Give us control of Congress and the White House, and we will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
On Friday, those lawmakers decided to leave the Republican Party’s core campaign pledge of the last seven years unfulfilled. The president called The Washington Post’s Robert Costa. “We just pulled it,” Trump told him, adding, “I don’t blame Paul [Ryan].”
After Speaker Paul Ryan went to the White House to inform President Trump that Republicans could not assemble the votes it needed to pass, he withdrew the legislation replacing the Obama-era health law. Party leaders in Congress appeared to want to spare their members from having to cast a vote in favor of a unpopular bill that would not become law.