Republicans pull AHCA: 7 key notes

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Republican lawmakers pulled the American Health Care Act after GOP leaders estimated the bill lacked support to advance through the House on March 24, 2017, Politico reports.

Here’s what you should know.

1. The House delayed voting on the bill on March 23, 2017, over a lack of consensus. Analysts expected the House to vote on the bill Friday afternoon.

2. Lawmakers withdrew the bill from consideration before the afternoon vote, Politico reports.

3. President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan spoke on the phone Friday afternoon, when President asked Speaker Ryan to pull the bill.

4. A White House spokesman said in a press briefing, “[President Trump] left everything on the field when it comes to this bill. You can’t force someone to vote a certain way.”

5. Reuters reports the House adjourned for the day after pulling the bill on March 24, 2017, with some House Republicans saying they were “done with [an] Obamacare replacement bill.”

6. Speaker Ryan said the decision to pull the bill was his idea in his live stream. In remarks following, he said he was disappointed and would need time to reflect on the bill. He then said, “I’m really proud of the bill that we produced. It would make a dramatic improvement in our healthcare system and provide relief to people hurting under Obamacare, and that’s what’s probably most troubling is the worst is yet to come under Obamacare. … We have to better and we will.”

7. President Trump made comments to the New York Times over a telephone interview moments after the bill was pulled. He blamed Democrats for the bill’s failure and predicted they would seek new legislation after “Obamacare explodes,” because of high premiums.

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