>> Republicans put their plans to repeal Obamacre on hold, as they struggle for consensus.>> We are not there at this particular point.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where House Speaker Paul Ryan in a brutal setback scrapped the vote on his plan to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act after realizing he's still short of the votes he needs to get it passed through the House of Representatives.
The Republic plan isn't dead, but it looks like it might be on life support at this point. Moderates think the plan goes too far. Conservatives think it doesn't go far enough. President Donald Trump has sold himself as a master negotiator, now the man who wrote The Art of the Deal, faces his ultimate test.
After high pressure talks, Thursday, with members of the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus, they're still not on board after huddling with the president for the second day in a row. Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows.>> There were a number of questions in terms of what it did and what it didn't do.
We need to read the bill and understand the bill fully before we take a vote on it.>> They're pushing to strip out of the bill more of Obamacare's protections and benefits. From insuring coverage for pre-existing conditions to benefits for preventative care. With a consensus nowhere to be found, Ryan canceling Thursday's vote.
The White House saying a vote now expected Friday morning. The Ryan plan would replace the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies with tax breaks and give states more control over the Medicaid health plan for the poor. Ryan's made some changes, but kept the basic structure intact. The Congressional Budget Office says the new version would save half as much money as the original, but still leave just as many people without health insurance.
Democrats are unified against the bill, so Ryan needs to keep almost all of his Republicans on board if he's gonna get the 215 votes he needs for passage. So now it's up to Trump and Ryan to keep this from running off the rails so they can salvage what they had been counting on as a major early victory.
>> Some great players out there.