U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare during a meeting with service members at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Trump took office armed with Republican control of both houses of Congress and an ambitious agenda that would begin with the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Six months later, the collapse of the GOP plan was a sharp rebuke for the president, who was unable to cajole or threaten Republicans to stay in line and who exerted little of his diminished political capital to see through a promise that had been at the core of his party since Obamacare became law seven years ago.The president's disjointed support for the health care plan did little to persuade Republicans to support it, and the fact that his approval ratings had dropped below 40 percent didn't help either.Trump never held a news conference or delivered a major speech to sell the bill to the public. Despite Trump's efforts to shift blame across the aisle, the White House made very little effort to court Democrats.It became a strictly Republican effort which, due to the party's slight advantages in the House and Senate, had little margin for error. And it was conservatives from Trump's own wing of the Republican party who thwarted him.
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