With his first 100 days as president coming to a close tomorrow, President Trump faces yet another major defeat as his efforts to make good on a key campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act once more are on hold. Congressional vote counters agree that, while it appears the conservative Freedom Caucus is on board with the revised plan, they have failed to secure enough moderates who can still support it. Presently, there are 15 moderate members of the party still balking at its terms and refusing to vote for it, with another 20 leaning no or still undecided.
Without a single Democrat in support, the revised Republican Healthcare bill can only afford to lose 22 GOP votes, and as of Thursday, 21 had come out against it. In a late-night huddle last night, House Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants decided to delay a vote until next week.