Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

by Marta Holmes March 30, 2017, 1:47
Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

"I think we have to let Obamcare go its way for a little while ..."

When the gathering broke up, Rep. Greg Walden of OR, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee that helped write the bill, told reporters: "We gave it our best shot".

Ryan entered the health care debate without the experience of having ever managed a situation of such magnitude.

Republican leaders were forced to cancel the highly anticipated Obamacare repeal vote Friday after not getting enough support in the House.

Representative Mark Pocan, a Madison Democrat, said Congress should focus on improving the Affordable Care Act.

"I remain wholeheartedly committed to following through on this promise".

During the past few weeks, Trump has remarked that healthcare was more complicated than he expected and has said he looks forward to moving on to other priorities like tax cuts and trade deals. "They were a sufficient number of votes that prevented it from happening, and they didn't change their votes".

"So much for the art of the deal", he said, making reference to Mr Trump's best known book.

'Humbling' experience for family of London attack victim
His wife, Melissa, was seriously injured in Wednesday's incident on London's Westminster Bridge and outside the House of Commons. The Islamic State group has claimed Masood was a "soldier" carrying out its wishes for supporters to attack Western countries.

Uncertainty over the healthcare bill rattled financial markets this week as investors anxious that failure to push it through could postpone other business-friendly Trump priorities.

One source told Axios that Ryan "boxed us in", because he started the process before Trump's inauguration.

"Clearly this shows that if they couldn't even get their first major agenda piece done, that does not portend too well for the future", he said.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the Republican bill would have resulted in 24 million additional uninsured people in a decade and lead to higher out-of-pocket medical costs for many lower-income and people just shy of age 65 when they would become eligible for Medicare. "And well, we're feeling those growing pains today", he said at a press conference after pulling the bill. "Do not worry!" the Republican said on Twitter. While political analysts said the matter seemed dead for now, some conservatives urged Republicans not to throw in the towel. "And I think that's where, you know, we came to a decision that it had gotten as far as it can go".

He had "never said repeal and replace it in 64 days", a dejected but still combative Trump said at the White House, though he had repeatedly shouted during the presidential campaign that it was going down "immediately".

"I share their disappointment that this effort came up short", McConnell added. There are 237 House Republicans, meaning that the party could afford 22 members crossing the aisle and joining the Democrats in opposing the bill. He conceded there were things in the bill he "didn't particularly love" and called on both parties to work together on future reform because bipartisanship would be "a big, big improvement".

"And that's the vehicle for tax reform". "It would make a dramatic improvement in our health care system".

"The defeat of the disastrous Trump-Ryan health care bill is a major victory for working families and everyone who stood up in opposition", Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders said, according to the Independent. Despite last minute concessions to the Freedom Caucus and a Friday afternoon trip from Ryan to the White House, no agreement was reached.


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