Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.
The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute.
Ryan says pulling the bill was "a setback, no two ways about it."
The speaker is chiding Republicans who refused to back the legislation for being too inflexible. He says lawmakers must be "willing to give a little to get something done."
Many conservative and moderate Republicans opposed the legislation.
Politico writes in How a secret Freedom Caucus pact brought down Obamacare repeal:
Freedom Caucus members told the White House they distrusted Ryan because he doesn’t listen to their concerns. They refused to work with him, going around his back to negotiate with the White House. Little Trump did to woo them worked because the group always wanted more, White House officials and GOP leadership insiders said. They were buoyed by outside groups rooting them on, and didn't fear the White House's fury because the law was unpopular — and, increasingly, so was the president.
Did the Freedom Caucus expand on how much more was needed to get their vote? or was it simply them saying 'Okay, there's not enough. We're saying no'?
What more would the ACHA bill have needed to garner support from the House Freedom Caucus?