Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he has been very successful at convincing millions of Americans that he is a master deal maker. This is in part due to this book “The Art of the Deal” (written by a ghost writer), and in part due to his appearances on reality television programs on which he got to play the role of a respected businessman. Trump capitalized on this carefully cultivated image during the 2016 campaign, promising to bring his deal-making skills to Washington.
Now, in the first real test of his deal-making abilities as president, Trump has failed spectacularly. Specifically, Trump was unable to convince enough Republican members of Congress to support his Trumpcare bill to allow the bill to go to a vote – at least, to a winning vote.
Reports the Washington Post: “House leaders postponed a vote Thursday on their plan to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, casting doubt on whether President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) can deliver on one of the GOP’s central promises to the voters who placed Republicans in power.”
Late Thursday evening, Republicans Representative Mike Simpson issued a statement saying that Paul Ryan would likely bring a revised version of Trumpcare to the House for a vote shortly. However, as of the time of this writing, Trump and Ryan are still many votes shy of the number required to push Trumpcare through Congress.
Restore Progress will continue to update this story as it develops.