The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed to reach the U.S. House of Representatives Friday, pulled at the last moment by U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump.
The highly scrutinized replacement plan, the American Health Care Act, faced heavy criticism from Democrats and divided the Republican caucus, with both conservative and moderate GOP factions opposed to the bill.
Ryan said to reporters that he and Trump agreed to pull the bill because it didn’t have enough votes to pass.
“I will not sugarcoat this: This is a disappointing day for us,” Ryan said in a statement.
Rep. David Price, D-N.C., who represents Chapel Hill, spoke against the bill on the House floor Friday, calling the plan misguided and short-sighted.
“In all my time in Congress, I have never seen such a blatant disregard for the best interest of the American people,” Price said. “Twenty-four million hard-working Americans will lose their health coverage.”
Meanwhile in the Triangle, protesters of the AHCA staged a die-in Friday at Duke University, where Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, was speaking at the Health Sector Advisory Council.
Burr called the AHCA “a good first step” when it was released in early March.
The protest, led by the group Protecting Progress in Durham, called on Burr to reject Trump’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.