“For seven and a half years, we have been promising to repeal and replace this broken law because it is collapsing and failing families,” Ryan said. “And tomorrow we are proceeding.”
UPDATE — 4:14 p.m. EDT: A spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday afternoon that Obamacare replacement legislation, the American Health Care Act, has been pulled from consideration in Congress.
According to the aide, AshLee Strong, President Trump and Ryan had a phone conversation around 3 p.m. and decided to cancel Friday’s rescheduled vote due to overwhelming opposition from all Democrats, as well as some moderate and conservative Republicans.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday showed that only a third of American adults said the AHCA was “an improvement” on Obamacare, while nearly half said the bill wasn’t better than current law.
The GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hit a snag Thursday after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) admitted the Republican House did not have the needed 216 votes to pass the bill onto the Senate.
Voting on the bill, originally scheduled for Thursday evening, was called off, and rescheduled for Friday.
President Trump, who has thrown his full support behind the American Health Care Act, issued an ultimatum to Republicans: pass the bill Friday, or Obamacare stays for good.
After wielding and dealing with different Republican legislators over the course of the week, White House Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, said that there will be no more negotiations.
Over the last 72 hours, Trump attempted to get members of the conservative Freedom Caucus on-board by promising to end “essential health benefits”, such as emergency room trips and maternity care. The offer was not enough for the Freedom Caucus, who demanded Trump end Obamacare policies such as the ability for children to stay on their parents’ healthcare until the age of 26, and patients not being denied coverage as a result of preexisting conditions.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), a member of the conservative caucus said there is no issue greater to him than repealing Obamacare.
“It’s a really tough choice,” said DesJarlais. “There’s probably no issue so important to me. It’s why I ran six years ago and it’s really important to me that we get this right. I think we can do better . . . but they’re ready to move on.”
To complicate matters, the Congressional Budget Office just released another unflattering estimate of what impact the proposed healthcare law would have on the nation in wake of the recent revisions to the bill.
The CBO is projecting the bill is more expensive than before, and will still result in 24 million Americans uninsured by 2026. According to CNN Money, the bill would now cost $41 billion more than the original proposal.
Republican congresspeople got a 24 hour reprieve from the hot seat after Ryan canceled the vote. However, Friday is here now, it’s judgment day for House GOP members.
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