P90X Ryan (aka the speaker of the House) went running to Part-Time President Trump to tell him that the American Health Care Act didn’t have enough votes to pass, and Donald Trump (or Paul Ryan) pulled the bill. So how the heck did America get here, and what happens now? We’ve laid it out for you in gifs and memes.
What Was Congress Voting on Today?
Republicans planned a vote Friday to repeal and replace Obama’s Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act. There are 435 members in the House of Representatives—241 Republicans—and they needed 216 to pass the bill on to the Senate. At first they had no chance, then Speaker Ryan said that they’d work all weekend. Then President Trump gave an ultimatum and said that the vote must happen by 4 p.m.
So it was already not looking good. Republicans had spent all night trying to rewrite a bill that they had seven years to come up with. All in the vain hope of getting wayward “nos” to switch to “yes.”