- UPDATE: 3-24-17, 4:00pm: Ryan bemoans collapse of health care bill:
Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.
The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute.
Ryan says pulling the bill was "a setback, no two ways about it."
The speaker is chiding Republicans who refused to back the legislation for being too inflexible. He says lawmakers must be "willing to give a little to get something done."
Many conservative and moderate Republicans opposed the legislation
Original story: 3-24-17, 3:14pm
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.
|Story By: Associated Press
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