US House Republicans pull healthcare bill

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Washington, March 25 (IANS) A GOP-sponsored healthcare bill was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives ahead of a vote, presumably because not enough votes have been secured for its passing, US media reported on Friday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor on Friday, a day after Trump had threatened to walk away from healthcare reform if he didn’t get a vote, CNN reported.

After a dramatic day on Capitol Hill, Ryan rushed from the White House to Capitol Hill to tell Trump he did not have the votes to pass the measure, the culmination of seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama’s proudest domestic achievement.

Two senior administration officials said the decision to pull the bill was Ryan’s.

The decision means that for now, at least, Obamacare will remain in place until Republicans can come up with some plan that can overcome deep intra-party divisions about how to kill it.

The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for Trump, who had gambled big by presenting holdout House conservatives with a take-it-or-leave it ultimatum on Thursday night and put his own credibility on the line.

–IANS

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