Sign up for a free Courant newsletter for a chance to win $100 P.C. Richard gift card

Duncan Hunter

Trump demands Republicans vote on health care Friday or Obamacare stays

Trump demands Republicans vote on health care Friday or Obamacare stays

Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave Obamacare in place and move on to other issues if Friday's vote fails.

The risky move, part gamble and part threat, was presented to GOP lawmakers behind closed doors Thursday night after a long and intense day that saw a planned vote on the health care bill scrapped as the legislation remained short of votes amid cascading negotiations among conservative lawmakers, moderates and others.

At the end of it the president had had enough and was ready to vote and move on, whatever the result, Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney...

26°