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The president thought his experience as a businessman could cut through Washington red tape, but the effort was fraught from the start. The collapse of the proposed overhaul Friday afternoon was perhaps the sharpest rebuke yet of Donald Trump’s young presidency, even as he repeatedly asked his advisers, “Is this really a good bill?”
The stunning collapse of the GOP proposal imperils the rest of President Trump’s ambitious congressional agenda, with few prospects for quick victory on tax reform, construction projects or a host of other issues despite complete Republican control of government.
The Take
Without some serious stocktaking inside the White House, more trouble could lie ahead for the most unorthodox president of modern times.
House Speaker Paul Ryan discussing the bill earlier this month. (Melina Mara/Post)
House Speaker Paul Ryan discussing the bill earlier this month. (Melina Mara/Post)
Only by rushing to reshape a full sixth of the U.S. economy without knowing exactly how they would be reshaping it would Republicans be able to use health care to pave the way for the rest of their agenda. In other words, the GOP didn't want to let a detail like 24 million people losing their health insurance get in the way of two tax cuts for the rich.
“So, we just pulled it,” the president, calling from a blocked number, began the conversation.
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