After a week of intense and bitter feuding among lawmakers, Donald Trump has reportedly pulled his Obamacare repeal bill before it could be voted on.
The contentious legislation, which saw support from some republicans and opposition from a mixed bag of politicians, was set to be voted upon at 4pm today. After being told that they did not have the votes to pass it, Paul Ryan has canceled the vote altogether, possibly at the behest of Donald Trump himself.
“The decision is a staggering defeat for Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first attempt to partner on major legislation and fulfill a seven-year Republican promise to repeal Obamacare. It comes a day after Trump issued an ultimatum to House Republicans to vote for the bill or live with Obamacare.
“A leadership aide said that Trump and Ryan spoke by phone at 3 p.m. and that the president asked the speaker to pull the bill.
“Trump has staked his early presidency on repealing and replacing Obamacare, embracing his image as a dealmaker and closer throughout the process. House leaders were happy to oblige as well, referring to Trump as “the ultimate closer” as he met with reluctant House members.”
Paul Ryan is set to speak at 4pm on Friday, presumably to explain the decision and the republicans’ vision for the future of healthcare legislation.