Less than 24 hours earlier, Trump had issued an ultimatum to the House, demanding a vote on what he had identified as a top legislative priority ― and threatening to move on to other legislative items if they refused. Trump’s demand was an audacious act of political brinkmanship, designed to rattle and win over dissident Republican lawmakers who were objecting to the bill. But the gambit failed, and it failed spectacularly.
Despite their repeated claims that Obamacare was a disaster and was spiralling out of control, both Trump and Ryan indicated they were now ready to move on from health care to other issues. The nation's health care couldn't have been so catastrophic, I guess. Even in defeat, the two GOP leaders were singing from different sheets of music-- Ryan saying they would focus next on immigration, and Trump saying they would next move to tax reform. Get your act together, boys!