Republicans abruptly pulled their health care bill from the House floor on Friday, just minutes ahead of a planned vote, dealing a devastating blow to efforts by President Donald Trump and the GOP to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Shortly after the bill was yanked, House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed reporters, saying, "This is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. All of us, myself included, will need time to reflect how we got to this moment, what we could have done to do it better."
Ryan said he told Trump at the White House that they didn't have the votes to pass the bill. "I told him that the best thing I think to do is to pull this bill and he agreed with that decision," Ryan said.
Speaking later, Trump said Democrats in the House — all of whom had planned to vote against the bill — shoulder the blame for the defeat, telling reporters in the Oval Office, "Obamacare is exploding. With no Democrat support, we couldn't quite get there. We were just a very small number of votes short in terms of getting our bill passed."
"I'm disappointed," Trump said, adding, "I'm a little surprised to be honest with you."
The president thanked Republicans in the House, especially Ryan, saying, "I think Paul really worked hard" to get the bill passed.
"We all learned a lot, we learned a lot about loyalty, we learned a lot about the vote getting process, we learned a lot about arcane rules," Trump said.
Trump predicted that Obamacare would soon "explode" and that its collapse would bring Democrats to the table to negotiate a bipartisan health care bill with him.
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