White House officials said late Thursday President Trump wants the House to vote Friday on the legislation to begin dismantling ObamaCare, and if it fails, he is “done with health care,” and ready to move on to tax reform, a source told Fox News.
“My understanding is he’s going to get it,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“We’re hoping to make this the last anniversary that any American has to suffer under ObamaCare by instilling a patient-centric health care system in place, and the president has made that case to members throughout the spectrum of the Republican conference, and tomorrow, it’s time to vote,” he added.
After a few procedural moves, the House will likely vote on the bill sometime in the mid-to-late afternoon. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., thinks it will wrap up by 4:30 or 5 p.m. ET (WATCH FOX NEWS CHANNEL FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE). If the bill passes, it will be a monumental achievement for Speaker Ryan and Trump. But if the bill stumbles, recriminations will abound.
Republican leaders Thursday canceled a vote after leadership’s attempts to lobby enough votes apparently failed — a major setback for Ryan and Trump.
“For seven and a half years we’ve been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it’s collapsing and failing families,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after meeting with Republican leaders. “Tomorrow we’re proceeding.”