“We came up short,” America’s House Speaker, Paul Ryan, so painfully told reporters. “We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
This came shortly after Republican/Trump’s alternative health care bill [intended to replace predecessor’s ‘Obamacare’ that afforded over 20 million Americans a health insurance] hit a major snag – as if to defeat and drain an over-7-year bashing of President Obama’s policy [The Affordable Care Act]
According to CNN, after a dramatic day on Capitol Hill, Ryan rushed from the White House to Capitol Hill to tell Trump he did not have the votes to pass the measure, the culmination of seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama’s proudest domestic achievement.
Apparently Ryan presented the dire vote totals in his meeting with Trump, he explicitly recommended the President pull the bill, according to a senior GOP official. The decision was ultimately Trump’s. Trump made the call at 3 p.m., as the rest of House leadership was gathering in Ryan’s office.
CNN analyzes that this decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for Trump and puts his own credibility on the line.
It likewise puts Ryan in a much weakened political position, after being defied by his own conference, which seems just as unsuited to governing in the Trump era as it was when it was effectively a protest coalition under Obama.