Within 30 minutes of the scheduled 3:30 (ET) floor vote on the health care bill, President Trump called House Speaker Paul Ryan, and asked him to pull it from consideration.. This is the second day in a row an expected House vote did not take place due to lack of Republican support for Ryan‘s flawed scheme.
Ryan responded by declaring Republicans “came up short. I will not sugarcoat this. This is disappointing day for us,” Ryan said. “Doing big things is hard. We will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment.”
Paul Ryan should have heeded the wisdom of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as he tweeted, “Why would you schedule a vote on a bill that is at 17% approval? Have we forgotten everything Reagan taught us?”
Speaker Ryan has repeatedly pressed for passage of his version of a healthcare bill trying to configure it as a repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, using these words of urgency, “This is the moment. This is the time.”
It is only “the moment” if Dead On Arrival has extra meaning for him. Ignoring the looming concerns of conservative House members, Ryan has put his own ambition ahead of providing accurate advice to President Trump, who ultimately will take the blame for this debacle.
There has been, in fact, no repeal. It obviously follows that RyanCare is no replacement.
What needs to replaced first is House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The U.S. Constitution addresses such concerns regarding the Speaker in Article 1, Section 1, clause 5.