Roundup: The fallout from the failure to repeal Obamacare



Pretty much everyone is painting the defeat of the Republican bill as a major defeat for Trump and the Republican congress including ABC News, the New York Times, Reuters, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, Boston Globe, CBS News, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and BBC.

Despite Republican control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, In a call to the New York Times, Donald Trump laid the blame for the bill's collapse at the feet of Democrats, although the Times also reports that Ryan had to talk Trump out of publicly calling out members of the Republican "Freedom Caucus" and blaming them for the bill's collapse.

New York Times: "In a Call to The Times, Trump Blames Democrats for the Failure of the Health Bill"

However, the Washington Examiner claims that the White House was also blaming Paul Ryan for the failure through backchannels.

Washington Examiner: "Trump uses anonymous sources to blame healthcare bill woes on Paul Ryan"

However, as reported by the Hill, Trump has publicly said that Ryan should stay on as speaker, though he regrets taking Ryan's advice to tackle health care before tax reform.

Vox has a clip of Paul Ryan stating that Obamacare is now the law of the land "for the foreseeable future", which must be a painful thing for the Republican Speaker of the House to accept after eight years of campaigning against it and with government completely under GOP control.

Vox: Paul Ryan "Obamacare is the law of the land"

CBC News is also reporting that there are no plans to revisit the issue soon, making it likely that there will be another election before the issue comes up again:

CBC: "Republicans have no plans to revisit Obamacare repeal after bill fails"

Despite all of this, FiveThirtyEight says that a number of things may still happen:

FiveThirtyEight.com "the Future of Obamacare is in Trump's hands"

Polifact has a new post, which fact checks some of the claims made by Republicans about the future of Obamacare.

Democrats are obviously fairly happy about the turn of events per ABC News.

CBS News has a collection of Tweets from Democrats and others, mocking Trump and the Republicans for the Defeat:

CBS News: "Democrats celebrate collapse of GOP health care bill on social media".

Looking forward, while it is unclear what Paul Ryan's fate will be with Republicans, analysis from the Atlantic and Washington Post suggests that the divisions within the Republican Party could continue to be a problem going forward.

The Wall Street Journal points out that, even if the health care bill had passed the House of Representatives, it would have faced a tougher ride in the Senate:

And the Chicago Tribune says that the rest of Trump's agenda is now in danger.

Chicago Tribune: "The rest of Trump's agenda only gets tougher after health-care fiasco"

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