The Art of No Deal
Talked up as a "closer," Trump’s touted negotiating skills seemed unable to stir up the minimum number of 215 votes needed in the GOP-controlled House and Republicans were forced to pull their bill. The bill proposed cuts to Medicaid, ending penalties for those who do not want health coverage, and blocking federal payments to Planned Parenthood, among other changes. Trump pointed fingers, not at himself or unsupportive House Republicans, but at Democrats. While Trump also looked to his White House staff for convincing him to back this plan, administrative officials pinned the blame on House Speaker Paul Ryan, who crafted the bulk of the bill before Trump even took office. Even still, Trump wants to keep Ryan as speaker. Looking ahead, the president is “determined” to pass the bill.