GENERAL NEWS

House Republicans withdraw health care bill as votes fall short

Mar 24, 2017, 12:54 PM | Updated: 1:57 pm
The Capitol in Washington is seen at sunup, Thursday, March 23, 2017, as the House Republican leade...

The Capitol in Washington is seen at sunup, Thursday, March 23, 2017, as the House Republican leadership scrambles for votes on their health care overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Republicans withdrew Friday a health care bill meant to replace the Affordable Care Act after it failed to generate enough support.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) withdrew the American Health Care Act after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

“They have Obamacare for a little while longer until it ceases to exists sometime in the future,” Trump told media after the bill was pulled. He also said he thinks Democrats will work with the Republicans in the future on health care reform.

On Thursday, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues.

He reiterated that thought after the bill was pulled, saying he would like to turn his attention to tax reform.

“That’ll be next,” he said, though he made several mentions of possibly introducing more health care bills in the “near future.”

Despite reports of backbiting by administration officials aimed at Ryan, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the “speaker has done everything he can. You can’t force people to vote.”

“There’s no question we have left everything on the field,” Spicer said.

Ryan said pulling the bill was a setback, but he feels Congress will work toward health care reform again. He also praised Trump.

“The president gave his all in this effort. He did everything he could,” Ryan said in a press conference after pulling the bill.

The GOP bill would have eliminated the Obama statute’s unpopular fines on people who do not obtain coverage and would also remove the often-generous subsidies for those who purchase insurance.

Republican tax credits would have been based on age, not income like Obama’s, and the tax boosts Obama imposed on higher-earning people and health care companies would have been repealed.

The bill would have ended Obama’s Medicaid expansion and trim future federal financing for the federal-state program, letting states impose work requirements on some of the 70 million beneficiaries.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the Republican bill would have resulted in 24 million additional uninsured people in a decade and lead to higher out-of-pocket medical costs for many lower-income and people just shy of age 65 when they would become eligible for Medicare.

The bill would have blocked federal payments for a year to Planned Parenthood.

At least two Arizona Republicans, Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, had previously said they would not support the bill.

“We’re the legislative body last I looked, not the president,” Gosar said.

Rep. Trent Franks, another Arizona Republicans who is part of the Freedom Caucus group that wanted to attach amendments to the bill, did not say which way he planned to vote.

No Democrats were expected to support the bill.

“Donald Trump just asked House Republicans to walk the plank on healthcare with him, and they let him take the plunge alone,” Rep. Raul Grijalava (D-Ariz.) said in a statement.

Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.) called the decision to pull the bill a victory for rural Arizona.

“The American people made their voices heard and helped defeat the AHCA,” he said in a statement. “This health care bill would have devastated our rural and tribal communities, harmed seniors, and eliminated tax credits for veterans eligible for government health care.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

General News

President Joe Biden arrives at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del., Friday, May 13...
Associated Press

In Buffalo, Biden to confront the racism he’s vowed to fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden talks about his decision to run against President Donald Trump in 2020, the story always starts with Charlottesville. He says it was the men with torches shouting bigoted slogans that drove him to join what he calls the “battle for the soul of America.” Now Biden is facing the […]
14 hours ago
Sara Atkins poses for a photo, in Wynnewood, Pa., Tuesday, May 10, 2022, while holding a pillow wit...
Associated Press

US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration. The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to how many Americans died […]
14 hours ago
Ukrainian serviceman Anton pets a cat in a basement previously used by Russian soldiers as a tempor...
Associated Press

Live updates | Turkey: No to Sweden, Finland joining NATO

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday ratcheted up his objection to Sweden and Finland joining NATO. Erdogan accused the countries of failing to take a clear stance against Kurdish militants and of imposing military sanctions on Turkey. “Neither country has an open, clear stance against terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said at a […]
14 hours ago
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, place flowers on a wreath during a ceremony honoring...
Associated Press

Biden urges unity to stem racial hate after Buffalo shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden urged unity Sunday to address the “hate that remains a stain on the soul of America” after a deadly mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, while state officials pleaded for federal action to end the “uniquely American phenomenon” of mass shootings. Addressing an annual law enforcement […]
2 days ago
Ursula Gruenewald, a resident of Acworth, Ga., cast her ballot at an early voting site on Friday, M...
Associated Press

In early primaries, voters favor polling places over mail

ATLANTA (AP) — The great vote-by-mail wave appears to be receding just as quickly as it arrived. After tens of millions of people in the United States opted for mail ballots during the pandemic election of 2020, voters in early primary states are returning in droves to in-person voting this year. In Georgia, one of […]
2 days ago
A woman shelters from the rain under an umbrella, while walking past a wall painted with portraits ...
Associated Press

US set to remove 5 groups from foreign terrorism blacklist

BERLIN (AP) — The United States is poised to remove five extremist groups, all believed to be defunct, from its list of foreign terrorist organizations, including several that once posed significant threats, killing hundreds if not thousands of people across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Although the groups are inactive, the decision is politically […]
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners.
...
By Dr. Richard Carmona

Now’s a great time to receive your COVID-19 vaccine

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, now’s the time to join many other of your fellow Arizonans who are doing so right now. No one will criticize you; there is no shame. In fact, you’ll be welcomed with smiles and open arms!
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to in April

April brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Suns and Diamondbacks.
House Republicans withdraw health care bill as votes fall short