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US healthcare bill: Trump issues Friday vote ultimatum

US healthcare bill: Trump issues Friday vote ultimatum

US President Donald Trump has demanded a make-or-break Friday vote on a new health care bill in the House of Representatives. The American Healthcare Act is intended to replace parts of President Barack Obama’s signature law.

But Thursday’s vote was delayed because of opposition from some Republicans – despite Mr Trump’s repeated attempts to persuade them to back the legislature.

He now says he wants to move on and vote – whatever the result on Friday. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said this was exactly the message delivered to Republican lawmakers at a meeting behind closed doors on Thursday.

“For seven-and-a-half years we have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it’s collapsing and it’s failing families, and tomorrow we’re proceeding,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said(BBC,2017).


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