BREAKING: Republican repeal of Obamacare fails as healthcare bill pulled from House vote
Donald Trump suffered a major legislative reversal on Friday as Republicans were forced to pull their repeal of the Affordable Care Act from the House floor.
After weeks of contentious negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans were forced to admit defeat as they could not gain sufficient support from their own side for the plan to overhaul US health insurance.
Earlier this afternoon White House press secretary Sean Spicer had insisted the vote would go ahead at 3.30pm ET. “Has the team put everything out there, have we left everything on the field? Absolutely,” he told reporters at his daily briefing. “But at the end of the day this isn’t a dictatorship and we’ve got to expect members to ultimately vote how they will according to what they think.”
However, as the 3.30pm deadline slid by, first reports emerged that Trump had asked for the vote to be pulled. Minutes later House Republicans, short of votes, had withdrawn the health bill.