WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out Friday afternoon on the failure of the health care bill. “We came really close today, but we came up short,” he said during a press conference.
Ryan said the nation will be “living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
Republican leaders abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor on Friday.
Ryan withdrew the legislation after President Donald 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.
President Trump says his health care reform fell short because it lacked support from Democrats.
Trump made his first comments about the failure of a signature legislative item Friday in the Oval Office a short time after a House vote on the bill was cancelled.
The President told reporters “we were very close” and tried to blame Democrats, through Republicans control both the House and the Senate.
He also predicted the Affordable Care Act would soon implode, forcing Democrats to join the Republicans at the negotiating table.