Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues.
Just after the move, Trump said the bill fell short in the lead-up to the vote because of no support from Democrats
The measure has been a top GOP priority and was the party's first major legislative effort since it took control of both the White House and Congress in January.
The legislation would repeal much of former President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law, including its requirement that people buy policies.