(CitizensOutpost) Republicans bit off more than they could chew as the American Healthcare Act stalled today:
“We just pulled it,” President Trump told the Washington Post in a telephone interview.
The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).
Despite the President lobbying numerous lawmakers to vote for the healthcare legislation, there were not enough takers as too much opposition remained from Freedom Caucus members.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), a Freedom Caucus member, was one of six Republicans who voted against a procedural resolution bringing the bill to the floor on Friday morning.
“You know what? I came here to do health care right,” said Gosar, a dentist. “This is one chance we that can get one-sixth of our GDP done right. It starts with here.”
Several last minute tweaks introduced by Republican leaders on Thursday also failed to garner the needed votes. Out of the 237 House Republicans, only 21 or 22 could dissent in order to approve the legislation, but Trump saw the writing on the wall and pulled it just before a vote would occur. It is not hard to imagine how difficult appeasing the entire political spectrum in DC would be over such a monumental overhaul of healthcare, so it will be back to the drawing board.