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,”…