Republicans lack votes to pass health plan in a blow to Donald Trump

Republicans in Congress said they lacked the votes needed for passage of their US health care system overhaul and a key committee chairman came out in opposition after Donald Trump demanded a vote on Friday in a gamble that could hobble his presidency. Amid a chaotic scramble for votes, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, who has championed the bill, met with Trump at the White House.

Ryan told the president there were not enough votes to pass the plan, US media reported. The showdown on the House floor follows Trump's decision.

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