House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care reform plan from consideration minutes before the House was scheduled to vote on it Friday afternoon.
The move came as a growing number of GOP House members voiced their opposition to the American Health Care Act. Ryan met with President Donald Trump earlier in the day to report that GOP leaders failed to obtain the 215 votes needed to pass what was known as the repeal-and-replace legislation.
The American Health Care Act was proposed as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which Trump and his fellow Republicans pledged to repeal and replace shortly after taking office in January.
The decision to pull the bill from the House floor means that the ACA remains in place for now.
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