US Republicans have abandoned their bid to repeal Obamacare, and a vote on their healthcare bill has been cancelled, and they have no plans to try again.
“This bill is dead,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) declared on Friday, shortly after House Republicans withdrew legislation that was headed for a stunning defeat.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cancelled the vote after publicly admitting that widespread defections by some Republicans meant that the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was destined for defeat.
The bill was supposed to replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
“We go home,” said Representative Lou Barletta (R-Pa.). And Representative Michael Burgess (R-Texas) said America is stuck with Obamacare
“We tried. We tried our hardest. There were people who weren’t not interested in solving the problem. They won today. The Freedom Caucus wins. They get Obamacare forever,” he said.
Speaker Ryan acknowledged that the healthcare law will remain on the books “for the foreseeable future.”
Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) however said the Republican-dominated Congress should keep trying.
“In our system, a constitutional republic, we try something, it might fail, we try again,” Amash said. “The responsible thing is to keep working at this because it’s an important issue for the American people.”
Meanwhile, Republicans’ failure to agree on the Obamacare replacement bill has been cheered by the House Democratic leaders, who were opposed to the measure.
Health care experts from across the political spectrum have said that the House Republican health care bill was unworkable and suffered from fatal flaws and could lead to Americans dropping out of the health care market.
Experts agree that the bill fails to reach the objectives laid forth by Trump, which includes affordable coverage for everyone; lower deductibles and health care costs and better care.