Minutes after the House concluded debate on House Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Friday afternoon, President Trump announced that the law had been pulled from consideration.
This outcome does not come as much of a surprise: Even as the debate began over the GOP’s proposed Obamacare replacement plan, it was clear that it lacked the required amount of votes to pass the legislation, which is what led to the bill being swiftly pulled from consideration.
The House was originally scheduled to vote on the bill the day before, but the vote was postponed in the wake of staunch opposition from both sides of the aisle (in particular, from the hard-line House Freedom Caucus). despite days of negotiations with dubious House Republicans on the part of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and personal calls, visits and even an ultimatum on the part of President Trump.
That ultimatum delivered a clear message to House Republicans: If the AHCA bill wasn’t passed in Friday’s vote, Trump is moving on from health care reform and Republicans would be “stuck with Obamacare.”
In a press conference after the decision to pull the bill was announced, Speaker Ryan expressed his disappointment and equated the inability to pass the bill as “growing pains of governing.”
“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
Ryan didn’t offer any concrete plans on how House Republicans were going to move forward with ACA repeal efforts, and instead echoed President Trump’s ultimatum by saying that House Republicans are going to move on with other items on their agenda, like immigration and border security.
This means that, at least for now, the Affordable Care Act remains in effect, including the employer mandate provision that requires applicable large employers (ALEs) with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance.
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