House Republicans deep-sixed the American Health Care Act on Friday, but not before Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly got down on his knees to beg for votes:
According to a detailed account in the Washington Post, the Wisconsin native “got down on a knee to plead with Rep. Don Young” on Thursday night, just hours before the House was supposed to vote on the bill, because he remained undecided.
“When the speaker finished with Young, he spent about 10 minutes in an animated discussion with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), one of the bill’s most outspoken critics,” the Post noted. “At one point, the speaker took his own arms and held them up, his hands at face level, then slowly lowered them to his waist — presumably trying to demonstrate his belief that the bill will lower costs.”
Rep. Joe Barton added that the effort involved a lot of “back-patting and butt-kicking.”
After the bill was yanked, Ryan told reporters, “I think our members know we did everything we could to get consensus.”
But evidently, not even literal begging and back-patting can make up for a bad bill.