President Trump Requests Pulling American Health Care Act From Vote

Unclear when legislation will be scheduled to vote on, if at all

Paul Ryan, House Leaders Hold Press Conference On American Health Care Act
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan holds up a copy of the American Health Care Act during a news conference / Getty Images
March 24, 2017

President Trump has requested that the American Health Care Act, Speaker Ryan's (R., Wis.) replacement to Obamacare, be pulled from a vote, which was scheduled to happen at 3:30 on Friday after being delayed from Thursday night.

The news comes hours after White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that the vote would happen Friday.

Following Thursday's delay, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that President Donald Trump was done negotiating and was moving forward after Friday’s vote. The announcement came after the Republican conference meeting with Freedom Caucus and Tuesday group members.

The House Freedom Caucus, which has more than 30 members, has been in staunch opposition to the bill, with members saying that the replacement does little to deliver on the Republican promise to fully repeal Obamacare. There has been concern over the past two days that the bill would not receive the 216 votes needed to pass.

The legislation has been amended twice, and the most recent changes would delay repeal of the Medicare Tax increase, dedicate an additional $15 billion to the Patient and State Stability Fund, and would transfer control from the federal government to the states to define essential health benefits.

It has not been announced whether or not the legislation will be scheduled to vote on again, if at all.