Published: Fri, March 24, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Republicans Pull the Plug on Trumpcare

Republicans Pull the Plug on Trumpcare

House Republicans have pulled the GOP health care plan from the House floor just minutes ahead of a planned vote, a House leadership aide tells NBC News, leaving the fate of the party's efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare with an uncertain future.

"We just pulled it", Trump told the Washington Post's Robert Costa.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday withdrew the legislation after President Donald Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokesperson AshLee Strong.

The headline was apparently referring to former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's now infamous comment in 2010, when Congress was considering the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in which she seemed to suggest legislators should pass the bill without fully understanding its contents.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top campaign promise by Trump in the 2016 presidential election, as well as by most Republican candidates.

The American Health Care Act is the first foray into legislation for Trump, a NY businessman and reality television star who took office on January 20.

Trump's demand was an audacious act of political brinkmanship, created to rattle and win over dissident Republican lawmakers who, for various reasons, were objecting to the bill. Instead Trump, who campaigned as a master deal-maker and claimed that he alone could fix the nation's health care system, saw his ultimatum rejected by Republican lawmakers who made clear they answer to their own voters, not to the president.

"I'm really proud of the bill that we produced", Ryan said. "The American people are understanding how bad this bill is".

Rep. Mark Wayne Mullins, R-Okla., who was helping Ryan convince members said that he posed one question to members: "When was the last time there was a ideal bill passed out of congress?"

That reportedly infuriated Trump, who warned if the House didn't vote on the legislation Friday, he would see to that President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law remained intact.

The Thursday report from the Congressional Budget Office on the bill also likely didn't reassure lawmakers.

This amendment would leave in place for another six years a 0.9 percent Medicare tax the ACA created on people who earn above $200,000 if filing individually, or $250,000 if married and filing jointly.

"It throws millions...24 million Americans off insurance", said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

A vote has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. after being delayed Thursday afternoon. Those benefit requirements include pregnancy, maternity and newborn care; birth control; mental health and substance abuse services; laboratory work; preventive and wellness services; outpatient care; emergency services, and hospitalization.

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