Despite an ultimatum from the White House, saying the president would drop his push for healthcare reform, House Republicans stopped short of voting on the American Healthcare Act, because they did not have the votes to pass it.
Woodlands Republican Kevin Brady, who was among the biggest proponents of AHCA was disappointed, saying in a statement:
“I’m proud to stand with President Trump. We have fought hard for this repeal – but I’m not discouraged. Ways and Means Republicans are moving full speed ahead with President Trump on the first pro-growth tax reform in a generation.”
Democratic Congressman Gene Green called it a “victory for the American people”, adding:
"Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare for several years, and after today’s decision by Speaker Ryan to pull their disastrous bill, it’s obvious they never had a plan to follow through on President Trump’s campaign promise.”
I was disappointed the Republicans never followed regular order or held public hearings, but at least the American people and my constituents can sleep tonight knowing they will be able to visit their doctor and receive the quality, affordable health care they deserve.”
Fellow Houston Democrat Al Green also responded saying:
“I hope that this experience will help President Trump better understand that governing a country can be painfully different than running a corporation. When you have control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency, and can’t pass a bill that has purportedly been in the works for seven years, don’t blame Democrats.”
Much of the criticism of the measure came from conservatives in the Republican Party, who said the bill did not lower insurance premiums, and didn’t do enough to reverse the negative impact of Obamacare.