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Trump says, 'not betrayed, but surprised and disappointed' on his healthcare bill defeat

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Trump says, 'not betrayed, but surprised and disappointed' on his healthcare bill defeat

Washington: President of the United States, Donald Trump, has expressed disappointment after facing a severe political defeat as Republicans abandoned their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare policy with a new healthcare bill, due to lack of votes in the US House of Representatives.

House Speaker Paul Ryan failed to get enough votes for the passage of the new healthcare bill. Trump had issued an ultimatum to his fellow Republicans after his administration failed to garner enough support for it.

The US House of Representatives -- similar to the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament -- has 435 members. The Republican party enjoys a simple majority in the House with 235 members.

However due to opposition from some of its own party lawmakers, in particular the one that have grouped themselves under the banner of Freedom Caucus, Ryan, who had been leading the effort on behalf of Trump, could not muster the majority 215 votes.

As a result, in an effort to avoid the humiliation of a defeat, Ryan announced that he was withdrawing the move to have a vote on Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Unlike India, the US Congress does not have an anti-defection bill, as a result of which US lawmakers are free to exercise their right to vote on a bill as per their wish and not according to dictate of the party leadership.

Blaming the opposition democrats for the failure, Trump warned that now Obamacare is going to stay, people would see a sudden rise in their insurance premium.

"It's going to happen (explode). There's not much you can do about it. Bad things are going to happen. There's not much you can do to help it. I've been saying that for a year and a half. It's not sustainable. There's no way out," Trump told reporters at the White House after the bill was withdrawn.

"As we got closer and closer everyone was talking about how wonderful (Obamacare) was. Now it will go back to real life, people will see how bad it is and it's getting much worse. When President Obama left, 2017 was going to be a very bad year for Obamacare," Trump said.

"Going to see explosive premium increases and the deductibles are so high that no one is going to be able to use it," he said.


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