Transcript for GOP health care bill vote postponed
Obamacare. President trump and house Republicans missing their own deadline to vote. Failing to clench a deal. The president who came to Washington promising to get deals done, fighting to round up votes, but struggling. At the start of his meeting with conservative holdouts, getting a standing ovation, but that meeting ended with no agreement. The numbers respect there as millions of Americans wait for answers. Let's get right to ABC's Mary Bruce with the frantic negotiations on the capitol hill. Reporter: On capitol hill tonight, an all-out scramble to make a deal falls flat. The day began with glimmers of progress, Republicans scheduling a morning huddle to strategize. But then -- It just says postponed. Reporter: So it's 9:00 A.M. And house Republicans were supposed to be meeting right here to discuss the path forward on health care, but as you can see, the lights are out, the meeting room is empty. The meeting's canceled. Mr. Speaker why cancel the meeting? Reporter: The house speaker stuck in between the opposite ends of his own party, with the most conservative members digging in. What's the deal? Not yet, and we don't want to get overly optimistic. I will proudly vote no if the bill continues as it is bad for America. Reporter: At 11:30 A.M., those conservative hold-outs are summoned across town. Sitting around a white house conference table, the president and vice president personally negotiating changes. The conservatives demanding revisions to lower premiums. And they want to scrap requirements that insurance plans cover basic health services, like maternity care, drug and mental health treatment, wellness checkups even ambulances. But those changes sounding alarms for moderate Republicans, putting their support for the bill at risk. Back on the hill, the speaker tackles that resistance. Concerned members spotted leaving his office. Are you getting closer? We're going to get it done. We're working. Reporter: But still no agreement. Returning from the white house, conservatives say the closer in chief still has not clinched the deal. There are not enough votes as of 1:30 today. What are the concessions that the president is offering? There were no new concessions. Reporter: Despite the storm clouds over capitol hill, the white house sounds sunny. Is there any plan with the bill does not pass tonight? It will pass. Reporter: Meeting with truckers, the president is confident. Tonight is the night. Today, the house is voting to repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. We'll see what happens. It's going to be a very close vote. Reporter: But just minutes later, house leaders pull the plug, canceling the vote. After delivering the president his first major legislative setback, the man holding the cards, the chair of the freedom caucus insists they are working in good faith. I am still a know at this time. I'm desperately trying to get to yes, and I think the president knows that. And Mary Bruce joins us from capitol hill where she has been so busy. Mary, this just in. The white house are now insisting there will be a vote tomorrow morning, and this bill will pass, but what about Republican leaders in congress? Are they as confident? Reporter: Tom, tonight, Republican leaders publicly insist they are optimistic. The house speaker is calling a meeting right now. Negotiations are likely to continue throughout the night. They are hopeful they can still strike and deal and have a vote as soon as tomorrow, but right now, it's unclear how, Tom. The story changing by the hour. Thank you so much. Let's go to the white house now. Cecilia Vega standing by, and we just heard Mary's story, president trump. He said the vote was happening within minutes. News broke that house leaders had called it off. Is there a disconnect between the white house and capitol hill? Reporter: Yeah. Well, Tom, what I'm hearing from sources who are close to the negotiations is there is a definite learning curve for the white house that the president and his team as you know, largely outsiders aren't accustomed to the realities of governing this process. The rounding of the votes is taking longer than they realized it would, and I'm told the president has been working hard behind-the-scenes to get the votes on board and he has been making phone calls and again on the phone at 6:00 P.M. To round up the votes. He has had four sets of meetings in the last two days. As you said, the white house is confident this bill will pass.
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