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Republicans had never built a constituency for the legislation, and in the end the almost uniform opposition from hospitals, doctors, nurses, the AARP, consumer groups and others weighed heavily with many members.

The room was somber, according to members.

The disintegration of the Republican healthcare plan also undermines Mr Trump's deal-making reputation and emboldens factions in Congress to challenge him at every turn.

"Here's what I think about health care: Obamacare is a disaster and it's going to collapse", he said at the Columbia, South Carolina, event, drawing boos from the crowd.

"I still believe that there is a good chance, if moderates and conservatives can come together, that we repeal and replace Obamacare", Meadows said on ABC's "This Week".

Now, the question is, after their major show of strength, what will become of the House's most conservative and now despised contingent? I'd love to see it go well but it can't.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer admitted that this goal was "an ambitious one", but one that the administration was "going to try to stick to".

"They might move on to [tax reform] next, but when you have a president who can't deliver his own caucus, then the president's position will be weakened on all issues", Lindsey said. 'I listened very respectfully to what the president had to say.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the president "petulant" for his reaction to the defeat and threats to undermine the ACA, which remains in effect, and called on Republicans to work with Democrats to improve the law.

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"We learned about loyalty, we learned a lot about the vote-getting process", he said. Dave Brat, Mark Sanford and Gary Palmer - had tried to stop it from advancing out of the House Budget Committee, where it narrowly passed 19 to 17.

Given House GOP leadership's failure to secure the votes to pass the healthcare bill, Trump may decide to take more of a leadership role on tax reform. In our system, our constitutional republic, we tried something. We really had it.

Even as they lick their wounds from a failed Affordable Care Act repeal effort, Republican leaders in Washington are looking ahead to the next battle - over taxes.

Speaking after the withdrawal, Mr Trump repeatedly said Obamacare would "explode".

Repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top campaign promise by Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Poe is not the first lawmaker to resign from the Freedom Caucus.

How bad was Friday's defeat of the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives? Bad.

However, it also bans insurance companies from denying health coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions and allows young people to remain on their parents' plans until age 26.

Much of the blame has been directed at the conservative group and its roughly 30 members, after House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday realized he didn't have enough support for the bill in the GOP-led chamber and canceled the final vote on Friday. It needed the support of at least 215 Republicans to get through. "That was the biggest mistake the president could have made", a Freedom Caucus told Politico.

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