House Speaker Paul Ryan says ''tomorrow we're proceeding'' after delaying Thursday's vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act healthcare law. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) After meeting with congressional Republicans on Thursday (March 23) night, House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared to indicate that the House of Representatives would move forward on Friday with a vote on how to dismantle Obamacare. "For seven and a half years we have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it's collapsing and failing families and tomorrow we're proceeding," Ryan said. Ryan had delayed the vote after U.S. President Donald Trump failed to close the deal with Republican lawmakers. The day had been designed as a big symbolic win for conservatives. Trump and House Republican leaders planned the vote on the seventh anniversary of former Democratic President Barack Obama signing his namesake healthcare law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, which became a prime target for Republicans. Some Republican conservatives felt the new Trump-backed healthcare plan, formally called the American Health Care Act, did not go far enough, while some moderates worried the legislation would hurt their constituents, so the bill was postponed indefinitely as negotiations continued into the evening. The White House has insisted there is no "Plan B" if the bill fails.