Top Republicans withdrew their problematic health-care plan from the floor Friday, handing the troubled Trump administration its most significant setback to date.

As the Washington Post reports, the fizzle of the plan leaves House Speaker Paul Ryan without a much-needed feather in his cap and undermines the efforts of both men to portray themselves as savvy and effective deal-makers.

The plan was already in trouble going into Friday, with a number of Republicans conceding the votes weren't there.

In a Friday phone conversation with a Washington Post reporter, the president blamed the opposition for the setback.

Speaker Ryan told reporters: "...we came up short...we've going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

A revival of the bill is not expected. Instead, the president says he will wait for "Obamacare" to self-destruct.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) put it more bluntly: "It's dead...D.O.A."

 

[Washington Post online]