Time: 11:43 p.m. CEST
House Republican leaders decided to pull away for a rewrite of the health-care system on Friday. The Washington Post commented that this is “a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that leaves a major campaign promise unfulfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.” President Barack Obama’s achievement for the Affordable Care Act will remain in place.
This decision came hours after Ryan was in the White House and warned Trump that despite negotiations and sales pitches to skeptical members, the legislation lacked the votes to pass. During the news conference on Friday, Ryan said, “There is a bloc of no votes that we have that is why this didn’t pass.” The White House press secretary Sean Spicer said after the bill was scuttled. “Who’s going to negotiate in good faith? We dealt with over 120 members of Congress and you learn a little about some of these individuals,” Spicer explained, as the Wall Street Journal writes. The White House did not wanted to link the fate of the health care bill with another issue that will challenge the next major issue about tax reform bill.