House Republican leadership pulled the American Health Care Act from the lower chamber floor Friday afternoon, backing out on a scheduled vote just moments before it was set to begin. House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a press conference Friday that he had recommended to President Trump that the bill be withdrawn, and Trump agreed. "We just didn't get consensus today," Ryan said. "We came very close." As many as 34 Republicans had said they would oppose the GOP-backed health-care bill ahead of Friday's vote; if the legislation lost more than 22 Republican votes, it would not have passed the lower chamber. Ryan said Friday that the withdrawal means the GOP is "moving on" from the issue of health-care reform, echoing an ultimatum the president issued to House Republicans late Thursday: Pass this bill, or live with ObamaCare.
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