Trump’s plan to replace Barack Obama’s health care law was withdrawn on Friday to avoid certain defeat in the House of Representatives vote that had been scheduled for the afternoon. Vote or not, the outcome is a massive defeat that may do lasting damage to Trump’s administration and that will likely reverberate through the elections in 2018 and 2020.
“You can’t pretend and say this is a win for us,” Rep. Mark Walker told the New York Times.
Their bill was broadly unpopular — with Democrats, with conservative groups, with doctors, with the public overall. But the outcome is still remarkable: a president known as a dealmaker losing the vote on his first significant piece of legislation, a momentous one at that, because of a rebellion from a faction of his own party, on one of the party’s signature issues.