Republicans Admit Defeat On Health Care Bill: 'Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land'
House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass.
"Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law."
Ryan may have admitted defeat, but President Trump chalked it up to a "learning experience." Trump also tried to spin the setback as an opportunity for a potential "bipartisan" bill in the future.
"Both parties can get together ... and have a better bill," he said, adding, "Having bipartisan would be a big, big improvement."
But Trump and Ryan both said health care is being put on the shelf for the time being. They're moving on to tax reform.
The failure of the health care bill is a major setback for Trump's leadership and Ryan's ability to control his conference. That control was something that eluded his predecessor, John Boehner, and eventually led to Boehner's ouster. - More, NPR