Top Republicans Mourn Failure Of Obamacare Repeal

Now that Obamacare will remain in place, analysts say there are numerous risks building to Trump's ambitious plans for the economy. Earlier this week, leadership added a handful of sweeteners in the form of the "manager's amendment", which included a number of provisions created to crack down on Medicaid beneficiaries (among the changes were new rules imposing work requirements), but caucus members still balked.

Ryan continued to push back a press conference he had scheduled earlier in the day.

"I am a strong yes and will vote for the American Health Care Act", Harper said in a statement. "It's bad if they win and it's bad if they lose", Pelosi said.

House GOP leaders aren't confident they have enough votes to pass their embattled health-care bill, according to a senior congressional aide, and are already considering what to do if the measure is blocked before a door-die vote hours away.

The President agreed to pull the vote after it became apparent it would not get the minimum Republican votes needed.

House Freedom Caucus members told reporters throughout the week they were trying to get to yes, but as concessions to their request were floated, the support of the centrist Tuesday group began to wane. At lunchtime, the conservative Congressman Louie Gohmert, who was firmly against the bill, tweeted, a little gleefully, "Leadership hiding likely more NON-Freedom Caucus No votes than Freedom Caucus No votes". On Wednesday night, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney went further, reportedly meeting with Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the Freedom House Caucus, to discuss gutting the Affordable Care Act's requirement that all health-care plans provide a number of "essential health benefits".

March 24: "After seven frightful years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!"

So he was told by Trump to pull the plug. "We had no Democrat support, we had no votes from the Democrats".

Trump told The Washington Post's Robert Costa that he did not plan to bring up the AHCA or healthcare again soon.

"We are going to repeal and replace awful, disastrous Obamacare", Mr. Trump said earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee.

In his opening monologue tonight, Hannity examined why the GOP health care bill was pulled, and what can be done in the future to make sure that something like this never happens again.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Ryan appeared before reporters to officially announce that the vote had been canceled. Behind closed doors, the negotiations are said to have included an added series of amendments in hopes of making it more appealing to moderate and conservative Republicans.

"I want great health care for the people of this nation, but it can't do well", Mr. Trump said. So once the American Health Care Act was really revealed, infighting and a public civil war ensued.

  • Salvatore Jensen