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Paul Ryan Press Conference Video

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Paul Ryan Press Conference Video

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Paul Ryan announced at a press conference on Friday that the Republican healthcare bill was pulled. Watch below.

As Gossip Cop has reported, Donald Trump made a vow to “repeal and replace” Obamacare during the presidential election. Under the leadership of House Speaker Paul Ryan, he and the Republicans drafted legislation called the American Healthcare Act (and nicknamed “Trumpcare”). But over the last few weeks, the plans have been roundly criticized.

A vote was initially targeted for Thursday, but Ryan struggled to rack up the necessary “yays” for it to pass. The vote was then pushed to Friday afternoon. But around the time it was supposed to go down, reports broke that the bill would no longer be moving forward.

Facing the press, Ryan started off by saying there is “growing pains” going from the minority to the majority, and said, “We’re feeling those growing pains today. We came really close today, but we came up short.” He said he called the president, and “told him the best thing I think to do is to pull this bill and he agreed with that decision.” But, he added, “I will not sugarcoat this: This is a disappointing day for us.”

Ryan still urged his fellow members of Congress to make the right “choice” going forward. He said he remained “really proud” of the bill, and insisted, “The worst is yet to come with Obamacare.” He went on to thank Trump, the Vice President, and the “entire White House team.” He even said Trump “gave his all in this effort” and “did all he possibly could” to get the legislation passed. Ryan added, “This is a setback, no two ways about it. But it is not the end of the story.”

Taking questions from the media, Ryan said they would go back to the drawing board, but “we’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” There was a “block of no votes, a significant amount of votes that prevented it from passing,” the speaker said. But he denied this failure will affect the rest of Trump’s agenda. Check out the video below, starting at the 28-minute mark. Click to see celebrity reaction to the healthcare bill getting pulled.

 


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