POTUS Voters Say President Can Learn From Failure of Health-Care Bill -By  Janet Hook March 26, 2017 3:22 p.m. ET


Many supporters blame Speaker Paul Ryan and congress for failure to overturn ACA

Students on a school tour of the Capitol try to catch a glimpse of members of Congress walking through Statuary Hall during a House vote on March 24.

Students on a school tour of the Capitol try to catch a glimpse of members of Congress walking through Statuary Hall during a House vote on March 24. Photo: Bill Clark/Zuma Press

The implosion of the House health care bill on Friday was a reminder to Donald Trump supporters of the risks of electing a president as inexperienced as he is in the ways of Washington, said voters interviewed over the weekend.

The fallout for Mr. Trump may be limited for now because the failed bill was widely seen as flawed, and many Trump supporters blame Congress and House Speaker Paul Ryan more than the president for failing to deliver on a central campaign promise.

Still, the decision to pull the bill from the House floor in the face of imminent defeat is shaking confidence in some voters about Mr. Trump’s ability to enact his ambitious agenda.

“I think our president is seeing how difficult it is to make changes to our laws,” said Sheila O’Leary, an independent Trump voter from DeKalb, Illinois. “I’m hopeful that he will learn from this experience and begin to tone down his rhetoric and stay off Twitter. You can’t just create legislation and try to ram it through Congress like they did with ACA. It at least needs to be read and crafted to appeal to the majority.”

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