US Republicans pull legislation to overhaul US healthcare system
Photo: Daily Sabah
Date: 2017-03-25 08:43
Some Republican members of the House voiced "profound disappointment" Friday (March 24) as President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the US healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies.
Republican leaders of the House of Representatives pulled the legislation due to a shortage of votes despite desperate lobbying by the White House and its allies in Congress, ensuring that Trump’s first major legislative initiative since taking office on Jan. 20 ended in failure.
House Republicans had planned a vote on the measure after Trump late on Thursday (March 23) cut off negotiations with Republicans who had balked at the plan and issued an ultimatum to vote on Friday, win or lose.
Republican moderates as well as the most conservative lawmakers had objected to the legislation. The White House and House leaders were unable to come up with a plan that satisfied both moderates and conservatives, despite Trump’s vaunted