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US President Donald Trump reacts after Republicans pulled their health care bill from the House floor on Friday in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, 24 March 2017, as US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price (L) look on. EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL
US President Donald Trump reacts after Republicans pulled their health care bill from the House floor on Friday in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, 24 March 2017, as US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and US Secretary of Health and…

A House Divided: Why the Republican healthcare bill was doomed and what to do next?

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…

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The Trump administration is trying to regroup after its biggest defeat to date, last week’s collapse of the Republican health care bill.

The White House, newly schooled in the Republican Party’s long-running civil war, must move quickly to try and make good on President Trump’s other promises — a tax overhaul, a border wall and investment in infrastructure, as reported in The New York Times. 

Donald Trump suffered a major legislative reversal on Friday as Republicans were forced to pull their repeal of the Affordable Care Act from the House floor.

After weeks of negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would overhaul Obamacare, the G.O.P lawmakers had to admit defeat as they could not gain sufficient support from their own side for the plan to overhaul US health insurance.

House speaker Ryan went to the White House to tell Trump in person that he did not have the votes to pass the bill.

At the White House, Trump blamed Democrats for the failure of a bill to repeal  the healthcare insurance system implemented by Barack Obama in 2010. “If [Democrats] got together with us, and got us a real healthcare bill, I’d be totally OK with that. The losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because they own Obamacare. They 100% own it,” he said.

“We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty,” he said.

Why the Republican healthcare bill was doomed?

Hardline conservatives wanted to change regulations that define health insurance, such as a requirement that health plans cover maternity care. But when they got the concessions, the Republicans lost moderate members, who were concerned their constituents would lose basic services. That left the party leadership with no choice but to pull the bill or risk a humiliating defeat, as reported in The Guardian.

On Sunday, Donald Trump sought to spread blame for the failure of his first attempt at passing major legislation, the replacement of Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

As internal sruggle continued in the Republican party, the president’s targets included conservatives in Congress, Democrats and, possibly, House speaker Paul Ryan, as reported in The Guardian.

On Twitter on Sunday morning, Trump wrote: “Democrats are smiling in DC that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & O[bama]care.”

 

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