Although Republicans have been vowing to repeal Obamacare since it was signed into law seven years ago, the failure of the American Health Care Act to reach the House floor for a vote Friday was a particular setback to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was spearheading the legislation and the vote count.
The House Speaker was visibly disappointed in remarks he made after the bill was withdrawn, and indicated that he may need to reach more compromises in future legislation.
“Ultimately,” he said, “this all kind of comes down to a choice. Are all of us willing to give a little to get something done?”
Here is a full transcript of Ryan’s remarks.
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