Sunday 26 March 2017

Trump’s US Healthcare Bill Withdrawn


US President Donald Trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to pass in Congress.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he and Trump agreed to pull the vote, after it became apparent it would not get the minimum of 215 Republican votes needed.

The last minute move was seen as a huge blow to Trump, reports the BBC.

Repealing and replacing the program known as Obamacare was one of his major election pledges.

Earlier on Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the vote would go ahead at 15:30 (19:30 GMT).

Trump had reportedly warned Republicans that if they did not vote for his bill then they would be stuck with Barack Obama's healthcare program for good.

However, multiple reports suggested that between 28 and 35 Republicans were opposed to his draft American Health Care Act.

The vote was withdrawn shortly after 15:30, and the House is now in recess.



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