The bill to replace Obamacare — but not repeal it — has gone by several names in recent weeks, whether Ryancare, Obamacare-lite, Obamacare 2.0, or Trumpcare.
But by whatever name, it became clear Friday afternoon that forcing a vote would mean certain defeat for Paul Ryan and his allies.
And President Trump is openly regretting his push on the bill so early in his administration.
Here’s more from Newsmax…
Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues.
House Republicans don’t appear to have the votes to pass the American Health Care Act in its current form and Speaker Paul Ryan sought guidance from President Donald Trump Friday, CNN reports.
Ryan was meeting with Trump at the White House about the next steps on efforts regarding the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill.
The network cites a source who said the situation is “not good. Not good at all.”
The House vote on the bill was originally scheduled for Thursday, but that was pushed back to Friday because the party did not have enough support to pass it.
It’s now slated for a Friday afternoon vote, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
During Friday’s White House press briefing, Spicer confirmed that Ryan has been meeting with Trump, but would not say whether Ryan had delivered news that there weren’t enough votes for the plan to pass.