Donald Trump and conservative House Freedom Caucus members failed to strike a deal on the GOP Obamacare replacement Thursday, endangering the prospects of passage and all but assuring any immediate vote on the measure would fail.This, of course, does not preclude some surprise, middle-of-the-night chicanery. But, at the moment, Republicans' failure to make their replacement plan terrible enough for the hardliners in their caucus have stalled what dubious momentum they had.
Hours later, House leaders canceled a planned Thursday night vote on the legislation. There was no immediate word when a vote might occur.
7 years of the ACA— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) March 23, 2017
2,557 days of GOP railing against it
Trump, "master negotiator," said he'd get it done
Couldn't do it.
That about sums it up.
Meanwhile, Trump seems real broken up about it.
As health care vote gets scrapped for tonight, here's Trump in a big rig on the White House driveway honking the horn & pretending to drive pic.twitter.com/vTkNnJkrrc— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 23, 2017
The video is precisely as described: Trump gets into the cab of a truck with a big, stupid grin on his face and honks the horn. He closes the door and waves through the window at a crowd of almost all white men, who laugh with delight at the Big Boy President.
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UPDATE: Well, that was fast. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says that the House "will vote tonight on a rule that will allow us to vote tomorrow." That means: Keep calling. If they press ahead and vote tomorrow, it needs to FAIL.