One of the biggest news stories recently has been the pull the healthcare reform bill on March 24th. If you’ve had your head in the sand here is a timeline of what went down:
-On Thursday afternoon the House vote was delayed. Members of the House Freedom Caucus met with President Trump but left feeling that their compromised could not be reached.
-Thursday evening the vote is back on. The White House communicated to the Republican party that no further negotiations were to be held and the vote was scheduled for the next day.
-Friday Morning comes, and the House proceeded with morning roll call. Where the vote was still planning on being held it was unclear if it would pass.
-On Friday Afternoon Speaker Paul Ryan urges the President to cancel the vote because they did not have the votes to pass the bill and at 3:30 pm the President agrees. At 4 pm, it is announced to the press that they vote has been canceled.
President Trump placed the blame of the bill not being able to be passed squarely at the feet of the Democrats saying that because they had not one Democrat vote, there was just a wide enough margin to ensure that the bill couldn’t pass and therefore did not go to vote. He also said that he is hopeful for the next version of the bill.
So what does that mean for us now? Speaker Paul Ryan says that he is not giving up on healthcare reform and that he believes that the American Health Care Act could still end up being passed. “About 90 percent of our members are for this bill, and we’re not going to give up after seven years of dealing with this, after running on a plan all of last year and translating that plan into legislation,” he said.
At this time we will just have to wait and see what the future holds for our health care reforms.