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Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill minutes before vote

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published March 24, 2017 at 10:36 a.m. Updated March 24, 2017 at 3:25 p.m.

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., one of the stewards of the Republican health care legislation, leaves the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin on Friday, March 24, 2017, as the House nears a vote on their health care overhaul.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail.

It was a defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to occur.

The president's gamble failed. Instead Trump, saw his ultimatum rejected by Republican lawmakers who made clear they answer to their own voters, not to the president.

Republicans have spent seven years campaigning against former President Barack Obama's health care law, and cast dozens of votes to repeal it in full or in part. But when they finally got the chance to pass a repeal bill that actually had a chance to get signed, they couldn't pull it off.

The development came on the afternoon of a day when the bill, which had been delayed a day earlier, was supposed to come to a vote. But instead of picking up support as Friday wore on, the bill went the other direction, with some key lawmakers coming out in opposition.

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, chairman of a major committee, Appropriations, said the bill would raise costs unacceptably on his constituents. Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, a key moderate Republican, and GOP Rep. David Joyce of Ohio also announced "no" votes.

In the face of that evidence, and despite insistences from White House officials and Ryan that Friday was the day to vote, leadership pulled back from the brink.

The GOP bill would have eliminated the Obama statute's unpopular fines on people who do not obtain coverage and would also have removed the often-generous subsidies for those who purchase insurance.

Republican tax credits would have been based on age, not income like Obama's, and the tax boosts Obama imposed on higher-earning people and health care companies would have been repealed. The bill would have ended Obama's Medicaid expansion and trimmed future federal financing for the federal-state program, letting states impose work requirements on some of the 70 million beneficiaries.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the Republican bill would have resulted in 24 million additional uninsured people in a decade and lead to higher out-of-pocket medical costs for many lower-income and people just shy of age 65 when they would become eligible for Medicare. The bill would have blocked federal payments for a year to Planned Parenthood.

Democrats were uniformly opposed. "This bill is pure greed, and real people will suffer and die from it," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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glh05230944 says... March 24, 2017 at 12:23 p.m.

Good news! Ryan just rushed to the White House to inform the Pervert that he (Ryan) doesn't have enough votes to pass the health bill. And so, the demise of the Pervert begins.

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RBear says... March 24, 2017 at 12:33 p.m.

This is becoming one big cluster on the part of the Speaker and the White House. The more they rush it, the more stupid they look in the process. The well being of Americans is far more important than Trump's and Ryan's ego and it's time they learned how woefully ill-prepared they were in attempting to pass this legislation.
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As it stands, Ryan will deliver the message to Trump who will still push for a vote to put Republicans on record so he can go after them in 2018. BTW, I'm not sure Trump can even remember past next month, much less remember to 2018. If Ryan and Trump are having this much trouble getting this through the House, the Senate will be a nightmare for them.

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RBear says... March 24, 2017 at 2:41 p.m.

Trump just pulled the vote. Major failure on his and Ryan's part in pushing this forward. Looks like the Republican led Congress and administration is a bunch of Keystone Cops.

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PopulistMom says... March 24, 2017 at 3:01 p.m.

Hurrah!

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mrcharles says... March 24, 2017 at 3:02 p.m.

rBEAR , great news. Though you beat me to the punch.

Of course it may be their tactic to look very stupid, that way diverting their Dear Leader's shock of jellyfish and their reaching across the aisle all the way to the land of the Czars. Strange that putin's enemies over their have had their insurance taken away..... the dead of course dont need insurance, and dont think that they havent taken that consideration into their health care ideas.

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BOLTAR says... March 24, 2017 at 3:04 p.m.

The Art of the Face Plant

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BOLTAR says... March 24, 2017 at 3:11 p.m.

But look at all the promises Trump has kept.

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BOLTAR says... March 24, 2017 at 3:11 p.m.

Never mind.

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BirdDogsRock says... March 24, 2017 at 3:26 p.m.

So Republicans have now proven that they are masters of criticism, but failures at governing.

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BirdDogsRock says... March 24, 2017 at 3:34 p.m.

Republicans whining to Fox News after crash & burn: "Governing is complicated. Nobody ever told us it would be so complicated."

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