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What they said after the health care bill was withdrawn

House Speaker Paul Ryan left a press conference following the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan left a press conference following the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act.

Speaker Paul Ryan

“Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains. And well, we’re feeling those growing pains today. We came really close today, but we came up short. ... But ultimately, this all kind of comes down to a choice. Are all of us willing to give a little to get something done? Are we willing to say yes to the good—to the very good—even if it’s not the perfect? Because if we’re willing to do that, we still have such an incredible opportunity in front of us.”

President Donald Trump

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“I think what will happen is Obamacare, unfortunately, will explode. ... What would be really good ... if the Democrats, when it explodes, which it will soon, if they got together with us and got a real health care bill. I’d be totally open to it. And I think that’s going to happen. ... We’ll end up with a truly great health care bill in the future after this mess known as Obamacare explodes. ... I’ll tell what’s going to come out of it is a better bill. I really believe a better bill. Because there were things in this bill I didn’t particularly like.”

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

“Today is a great day for our country. It’s a victory. What happened on the floor is a victory for the American people, for our seniors, for people with disabilities, for our children, for our veterans.”

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer

“I hope that we can work with the administration and with the other side and not just abandon this effort and not make efforts to destroy indirectly what we did not destroy directly today. That’s our responsibility as Republicans, as Democrats sent here by our people — to try to make their lives better, make sure they have jobs, make sure they have health care, make sure that they live in a safe country. We will not abandon that responsibility, and we trust that our Republican colleagues will not, either.”

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Representative Joeseph Kennedy III

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“Today was a fierce reminder of the remarkable power we have to hold our government accountable. No politics, campaigns or elections can change that. But this was more than an act of resistance. It was our proud first round in the defining battle of the Trump Era: a fight between those of us who champion our shared humanity, and those who scorn it. Those who know we are only as strong as the care we give the weak, and those who believe the character of this country is defined by a privileged few. Today we earned victory. Tomorrow we prepare for the fight to come.”

Representative Bill Keating

“Credit for the defeat of the disastrous Republican healthcare bill today belongs to the American people – the ones who called, emailed, wrote, and showed up to let their voices be heard and let it be known that they did not want this bill. This is a win for everyone who believes in affordable, comprehensive health coverage for opioid addiction treatment, maternal healthcare, older Americans, and women, among others. Don’t let up the pressure and don’t stop paying attention.”

Representative James McGovern

“Today is a victory for the millions of Americans who would have lost their healthcare and been forced to pay more for less coverage under Trumpcare. This bill was nothing but a tax cut for billionaires paid for by taking healthcare away from 24 million Americans. Today is a reminder that the real power in our democracy is with the people. Thank you to everyone in Massachusetts who made their voices heard. This wouldn’t have been possible without you.”