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Republicans in the US House of Representatives, short of support from their own party, have withdrawn a healthcare bill drafted to repeal and replace "Obamacare".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he recommended that it be withdrawn because he did not have the votes to pass it, and President Donald Trump agreed.

Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that "we were very close" and tried to blame Democrats for the failure to pass the legislation - even though his Republican Party controls both the House and the Senate.

"We were just probably anywhere from 10 to 15 votes short," Trump said. "With no Democrat support we couldn't quite get there."

He also said he was surprised and disappointed by the opposition from the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans who led the resistance against the legislation.

Ryan told reporters that Obamacare will now stay in place for the foreseeable future.

Pulling the bill he had promoted was "a setback, no two ways about it," he said, calling it a "disappointing day".

Democrats, on the other hand, called it a "victory" for the American people.
Scrapping former president Barack Obama's healthcare law was one of Trump's major campaign promises.

The failure to get the bill approved called into question his ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through Congress.

Public policy professor Bill Schneider said that during the president's first 100 days, his impact is supposed to be at its peak.
"Here, the president was handed a huge setback, by his own party, which was also committed to repealing Obamacare," he told Al Jazeera.

"Trump is defeated and he learned something: you cannot deal with members of Congress as if they were building contractors...He said if you don't give me what I want, I'll walk out. Maybe that works with building contractors but it doesn't work with politicians, each of whom has his or her own constituency."

Conservatives had condemned the Republican-drafted bill because it would scrap Obamacare, but put another government plan in its place. They believe healthcare should be left to the free market.

Democrats and moderate Republicans, meanwhile, feared the withdrawn bill would take insurance away from millions of people.

"What happened on the floor is a victory for the American people," Nancy Pelosi, leader of the minority Democrats in the House, said.

She said the message became "very clear" to Republicans that people across the country still support Obamacare.

A Quinnipiac University poll indicated only 17 percent of Americans support the Republican plan known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

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  • sue Sunday, 26 March 2017 09:52 AM

    Trump thought he could run the country the way he ran his business by firing anyone who disageed with him. Didnt know that it was not easy to deal with Congress due to having no political experience at all. Serves the arrogant twit right. He is a disgrace to America. via DM Android App

    Madiya Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:10 AM

    The US, a great democratic nation. Trump, a president who is non presidential.

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:14 AM

    Working conditions in the US are nothing but modern slavery. Obamacare is a great social step on the road to combating social grievances in the US. Trump has disqualified himself for the president's office with his solitary decision to abolish Obamacare.

    TJ Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:15 AM

    One by one Trump is losing his trump cards. Finally he will end up with jokers

    Don Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:28 AM

    This is exactly what president Trump would call winning. via DM Android App

    Sam NYC Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:13 PM

    Really if you live in the US you will know how democratic it is !!!

    Sumedha Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:16 PM

    So just in a few months he has become the worst president ever lol I dont know how you came to that conclusion

    Dalu Banda Saturday, 25 March 2017 11:41 AM

    Trump has given a choice ; either to agree to Trumpcare or Stay in Obamacare. So senators have decided to stay in Obamacare.

    sara Saturday, 25 March 2017 11:49 AM

    See how democracy works in US and how it worked in SL

    Nick Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:00 PM

    this guy is just talk only no tangible action all the action he proposed thrown into to bin by either congress or judges good luck u.s the worst president ever salute for BO via DM Android App

    WISE DONKEY Saturday, 25 March 2017 07:28 PM

    This is his second blow, the first one being the travel ban. More to come. This loud mouthed stupid man has a lot to learn from the first ever black president Obama. What a decent president he was.In fact it is the electoral college is responsible for him being in the White House, otherwise he lost to Hillary 2.5 million popular votes. Shame on him. Highly trumpeted Trumpcare gone with the wind and Obamacare remains firmly!


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