Big setback for Trump as Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare

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Big setback for Trump as Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare

<p>In a dramatic twist at the eleventh hour, Donald Trump has pulled the vote on a healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, marking a major setback for the President.</p> <p>It also comes as a huge blow to Republicans, who failed to rally enough votes to overhaul healthcare insurance, something they have been working towards for the last seven years. </p> <p>“I will not sugar coat this, this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard. All of us we will take time to reflect on how we got here, what we could have done better…This is a setback, but it is not the end of the story,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan.</p> <p>With Republican moderates siding with their democratic opponents, it handed a victory to the Democrats who celebrated the seventh anniversary of Obamacare on Thursday.</p> <p>“This is pretty exciting for us, yesterday our anniversary, today a victory for the Affordable Care Act more importantly, for the American people. Tomorrow is the fifty first anniversary of Rev Martin Luther King Jnr saying in a speech…that of all of the forms of inequality, inequality in healthcare is probably the most inhumane,” said House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.</p> <p>The decision means that President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act will stay in place for now, a bill which offered health insurance to an additional 20 million Americans but has also been rocked by premium hikes.</p>