U.S. Sen. John McCain pushed for another attempt at reforming “Obamacare” on March 25 after Republican leaders pulled legislation intended to overhaul health care.
House of Representatives leaders yanked the bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party’s most conservative lawmakers left them short of votes, ensuring that Trump’s first major legislative initiative since taking office on Jan. 20 ended in failure. Democrats were unified against it.
“Doing nothing is not the answer after this setback,” McCain said during a visit to Brussels. “’Obamacare’ is imploding. So we need to continue our effort to make sure that all Americans have access to affordable health care, which is not the case today.”
But desperate lobbying by the White House and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan was unable to round up the 216 votes needed for passage.