House Speaker Paul D. Ryan walked in the Capitol on Friday after a vote on the rules for debating the American Health Care Act, the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) – House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday afternoon in a significant defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency.

House Speaker Paul Ryan conceded Friday afternoon as he announced, “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

Ryan rushed to the White House Friday around noon to inform President Trump Republicans did not have the required majority necessary to pass the proposed replacement, a proposal Republicans have been promising for seven years – since the day President Barack Obama signed his landmark health care act into law.

President Trump, in a telephone interview moments after the bill was pulled, blamed Democrats for why it happened and predicted that they would seek a deal within a year, he asserted, after “Obamacare explodes” because of high premiums.

“The best thing that could happen is exactly what happened – watch,” he said. “It’s enough already.”

The White House sent Vice President Mike Pence and Tom Price, the health secretary, to Capitol Hill for a late appeal to House conservatives. But their pleas fell on deaf ears.

Paul Ryan called Republicans for a closed-door meeting at 3:30 pm Friday to deliver the news the bill would be pulled, with no plans to try again. The meeting lasted five minutes.

The Republican bill would have replaced the Affordable Care Act, known more informally as Obamacare, which mandated that almost everyone have health insurance, with a system of age-based tax credits to purchase health insurance plans. But the bill never won over conservatives, who were seeking a far more thorough eradication of the ACA. Nor did it have the support of moderate Republicans, who were weary of the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment that the bill would leave 24 million more Americans without insurance. As it stands, a lot of American’s must choose between ACA, taking a more comprehensive plan privately, or hope that their employers will go to someone like Sana and take a policy out for their employees.

With the House’s most hard-line conservatives holding fast against it, the bill’s support collapsed Friday after more rank-and-file Republicans came out in opposition, including Representatives Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, the soft-spoken chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose suburban Washington district went handily for the Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, in November.

“Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue health care in America,” Frelinghuysen wrote in a statement. “Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey.”

Defeat of the GOP replacement could serve as a catalyst if it forces Republicans and Democrats to work together to improve the Affordable Care Act, which virtually every member of Congress believes needs repair.

President Trump, through his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told House Republicans on Thursday night that he was giving them this one chance to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If they failed, Mulvaney told them, the president would live with his predecessor’s law.