Backing off from their key campaign promise marks a big defeat for both Ryan and the president, who’d pushed hard for the bill and then pressed for a vote on it. Trump is now presenting himself as a bystander to the loss, and Republican voters may well side with him.
President Trump warned recalcitrant House Republicans they could lose their majority in 2018 if they don’t pass the leadership’s health-care bill to dismantle Obamacare on Thursday. But it turns out thousands of his voters benefited from the existing health program.
Revisions offer more generous tax credits for older people, earlier repeal of tax increases on higher earners and hand Medicaid powers to states.