House Republicans pull healthcare bill after infighting

Paul Ryan
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, as President Donald Trump came to the Capitol to rally support for the Republican health care overhaul by taking his case directly to GOP lawmakers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WISH) –Speaker Paul Ryan has abruptly pulled the Republicans’ troubled health care overhaul off the House floor.

The decision was a humiliating setback for President Donald Trump and congressional leaders.

The bill had appeared all but certain to be defeated Friday. The roll call was on track to occur in about an hour.

The measure has been a top GOP priority and was the party’s first major legislative effort since it took control of both the White House and Congress in January.

The legislation would repeal much of former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law, including its requirement that people buy policies.

Moments after the news broke Friday, Indiana Congressman Andre Carson, D – Indianapolis, tweeted out: “Thx to everyone who called, emailed and made your voices heard in the debate over #TRUMPCARE. Your voices have been heard. #KilltheBill.”

Carson had already said that he planned to vote against the replacement bill known as the American Health Care Act.

The Washington Post reported that President Trump asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the bill. The vote, which was postponed Thursday after there was infighting among conservative and moderate Republicans over details within the bill, was rescheduled for Friday.

Before the news broke, Indiana Republican Congressman Luke Messer tweeted out that he was headed to the House floor to vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. Messer had said earlier that he supported the Republican-backed measure.

Another Indiana Congressman, Republican Dr. Larry Bucshon, tweeted out this before the news broke that the bill was being pulled: “I urge all of my colleagues to do the right thing and vote for the American Health Care Act.”

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