Republicans are pulling their ObamaCare repeal bill from a scheduled Friday afternoon vote, an acknowledgement that it was headed toward a defeat.
President Trump asked Speaker Paul Ryan Paul RyanHouse cancels ObamaCare repeal vote as GOP defections mountWhite House: Vote at 3:30; Trump left ‘everything on field’Pelosi: GOP will need 215 votes to pass health billMORE (R-Wis.) to pull the measure a day after issuing an ultimatum that the House should vote on it, a GOP aide said.
Ryan is announcing the decision at a closed-door conference meeting, a Ryan aide told The Hill.
The decision is a huge setback for Trump, Ryan and the GOP, which has promised for years to repeal ObamaCare.
But the legislation that was headed toward the vote seemed doomed to failure. A Whip List kept by The Hill said 36 Republicans would vote no, with many more possibly voting against the measure.
The GOP could only afford 22 defections.
The bill came under fire from conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus, who demanded a number of changes to the bill that were intended to lower premium costs.
Trump and GOP leaders agreed to some of those changes, but that appeared to cost them the support of centrists.
One startling move came near midday Friday, when House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen Rodney FrelinghuysenHouse cancels ObamaCare repeal vote as GOP defections mountThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportLive coverage: Trump, GOP scramble for ObamaCare votesMORE (R-N.J.) said publicly that he was likely to vote against the bill.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who represents a district won by Hillary Clinton Hillary Rodham ClintonHouse cancels ObamaCare repeal vote as GOP defections mountKeystone approval kicks off new fight over pipelineMnuchin: Trump has ‘perfect genes’MORE, also came out against the bill on Friday.
The decision to pull the vote came after Ryan met with Trump at the White House.