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The decision to pull the bill from the House floor minutes before a scheduled vote was a dramatic acknowledgment that Republicans are unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The decision came a day after President Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and the defeat represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.
“I couldn’t get them,” the president said of Republicans opposed to the bill. “They just wouldn’t do it.”
Debrief
Nothing has united Republicans more over the past seven years than their vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But Trump provided little by way of specifics on how to do that, and his skills as a “closer” were not enough to rescue the GOP health-care bill.
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The administration will soon face a series of choices over whether to shore up marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, which are a conduit to coverage for 10 million Americans but are financially fragile. Will the political tumult and the president’s talk of explosion further shake consumers’ and insurers’ confidence?
Perspective
“So, we just pulled it,” the president, calling from a blocked number in the Oval Office, began his conversation with The Post’s Robert Costa. Before Costa could ask a question, Trump began explaining why the vote on the bill had been called off.
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