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LIVE STREAM: House GOP News Conference on Healthcare Bill

One day before the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill that would gut Obamacare, President Donald Trump met with Republican members.

The meeting took place March 21, and Speaker Paul Ryan and fellow Republicans in the House are holding a press conference to speak of the progress on the bill before the vote. The press conference begins at 10 a.m. EST and can be watched in its entirety in the video above.

Trump told members of the House GOP during the meeting that if they don’t vote in favor of the bill and get it through, their jobs will be at stake during the next election cycle

The GOP needs 216 votes in the House in order for the “American Health Care Act” to pass and move on to the Senate for discussion and a possible vote.

Late in the evening March 20, House Republicans made tweaks to the legislation to try and get enough support for the vote. The changes helped lower concern with some Republicans in the House and ranged from “the flexibility it would give states to adminster their Medicaid programs to the amount of aid it would offer older Americans to buy insurance,” The Washington Post reported.

Negotiations between Republicans and Trump have been ongoing since the legislation was drafted. Also on March 20, the bill overcame an obstacle many thought it would have a hard time getting past.

The House Freedom Caucus, who had threatened to not support the bill, decided that it would not take a position against it. It had threatened to do so because the group didn’t think the “American Health Care Act” did enough to rid the U.S. of the Affordable Care Act.

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LIVE STREAM: Paul Ryan Health Care Vote Press Conference

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is holding a press conference to provide an update on the status of the vote on his health care bill.

The press conference begins at 4 p.m. EST and you can watch it live in the video above.

The remarks by Ryan come after reports surfaced that President Donald Trump told him to “pull” The American Health Care Act, meaning no vote would take place as anticipated. The president had a long conversation with Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.

Trump reportedly said in the conversation that he’s not faulting Ryan for the lack of support in the bill.

The president also called New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who he told that it’s the Democrats’ fault the bill didn’t pass. Trump appeared to hint that he will not continue to pursue health care reform.

The House Democrats responded to the reports of the bill being withdrawn on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Trump threatened GOP lawmakers that their jobs would be on the line during the next election cycle if they didn’t back the health care bill that would repeal former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

A vote on the bill was set to take place Thursday, but it never gained enough support in the House. Then, it was to take place Friday, but that was off the table as well.

As it stood, the bill offered a three-phase plan to get rid of Obamacare. That included tax provisions like individual and employee mandates and reforming the Medicaid program.

It would have allowed for states to continue enrolling in the Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion until 2020 and given out tax credits for those earning less than $75,000 annually. In addition, it would require companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

Once it was introduced, it lacked support across the aisle and also with House Republicans.

Opponents of the bill said that the legislation would have reduced coverage while increasing deductibles.

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WATCH: Paul Ryan Says Health Care Bill Pulled [FULL VIDEO REPLAY]

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) held a press conference to announce that The American Health Care Act has been pulled.

To watch Ryan’s full remarks, hit play on the video above.

Ryan said he met with President Donald Trump and suggested that they pull the bill.

In his 10-minute press conference, the speaker called having to pull the bill and failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act a “disappointment.” He added that “we came really close today, but we came up short.”

A House vote on the legislation was set for Thursday and then Friday afternoon, but the bill failed to get the support it needed to pass.

Ryan expressed his disappointment, saying “I won’t sugarcoat this, this is a disappointing day for us.” He referred to Obamacare as the “law of the land.”

Trump reportedly said in a conversation with Washington Post reporter Robert Costa that he’s not faulting Ryan for the lack of support with the bill.

The president also called New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who he told that it’s the Democrats’ fault the bill didn’t pass. Trump appeared to hint that he will not continue to pursue health care reform.

On Tuesday, Trump threatened GOP lawmakers that their jobs would be on the line during the next election cycle if they didn’t back the health care bill that would repeal former President Barack Obama‘s Affordable Care Act.

As it stood, the bill offered a three-phase plan to get rid of Obamacare. That included tax provisions like individual and employee mandates and reforming the Medicaid program.

It would have allowed for states to continue enrolling in the Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion until 2020 and given out tax credits for those earning less than $75,000 annually. In addition, it would require companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

Once it was introduced, it lacked support across the aisle and also with House Republicans.

Opponents of the bill said that the legislation would have reduced coverage while increasing deductibles.

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