President Trump and House Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor today after a failure to secure enough votes to make it pass.
House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered the news to Trump today in a meeting that there would not be enough votes to pass the bill and recommended that The President pull it. Trump decided that pulling the bill was the best option. After banking big on passing the bill, giving ultimatums, and threatening to drop health care reform efforts altogether if it did not pass, this failure to secure enough votes is viewed as an embarrassment for the President.
Ryan notified Republicans that they would be moving on from the subject of health care. The Associated Press is reporting that President Trump says he would be open to tackling the health care reform issue again if Obamacare “implodes”.
For now and the foreseeable future, this means that Obamacare will not be repealed, the AHCA will not get a vote, and the 7 year effort to dismantle what many regard as one of Obama’s greatest achievements has come to a climactic and embarrassing end.