WATCH: Sean Spicer addresses Republican health care vote
Watch the White House press conference on Friday.
Updated at 3:45 p.m. | Republican leaders pulled the bill once it became clear they didn’t have the votes to approve it.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a press conference on Friday, amid uncertainty on Capitol Hill over the House vote on the Republican health care bill, that “the president and his team have committed everything they can to make this thing happen.”
The House vote is moving forward on Friday as planned, he said.
On House Speaker Paul Ryan’s efforts to wrangle the 216 votes needed to pass the American Health Care Act, Spicer said, “I think the speaker has done everything he can.” It’s up to members of Congress now to decide if they want to be part of the effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, he said.
“At the end of the day, this isn’t a dictatorship,” though lawmakers will have to go back to their constituents to explain what happened, said Spicer.
He also said the president is committed to tax reform and plans to move forward on that effort next. “The middle class desperately wants and needs a tax break,” Spicer said.
You can watch the full press conference in the video above.