The House of Representatives will not vote on its planned healthcare bill as it had expected to do today, dealing both President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a major defeat as their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act were placed on hold.
CNN reported Thursday that a Republican Party aide in the House confirmed that the lower chamber of Congress will not vote on the proposed repeal of the law widely known as Obamacare, a sign that Ryan and Trump do not have the votes necessary to push the bill to the Senate, despite having a majority in the House. Ryan also cancelled a press conference about the bill.
The lack of a vote will go down as a major embarrassment for both the president and the speaker, who were both whipping for votes for the healthcare bill among Republican holdouts on Thursday. Despite both projecting optimism, neither was able to get the votes they needed, with Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky going as far to say that his vote had changed from “‘no’ to ‘hell no'” after attempts to secure his vote.
The healthcare bill would have been Trump’s first major piece of legislation as president, but despite his reputation as a closer, he proved unable to bring Congress to his side, leaving the law that he has raged against as a disaster still very much intact. CDA News will have more on this story as more information becomes available.
By Dan Angell