Republicans insisted they had no "plan B" for their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., short-circuited a House vote that would have spelled defeat for the Republican legislation because of opposition from conservative and moderate Republicans.
Trump himself isn't giving up.
The fact remains, however, that House Republicans aren't in a different position than they were on Friday. The math is the same.
"I don't know what has changed, " said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.
I am thrilled that the health care bill was pulled from a vote. "I think we will have a better, stronger product that will unify the conference", he said.
"The President from the early days of his campaign talked about repealing and replacing", Spicer said during his daily press briefing.
"I think if you watch the tape it was a lighthearted moment", Spicer said of Trump's comments. "He was having a fun time with the senators there".
"It's going to be entirely up to them and what they can pass", he said.
Unwilling to have people hurt by an implosion of the health care system, Republicans have been struggling to find the right fix and, because the party celebrates individualism, there have been many schools of thought about what that should look like. "At the same time, after last week, it's hard to see how the entire conference can find a unified position". And now that they know they can derail the establishment, they might be even more emboldened to either stand firm or push for conservative initiatives on health care that their base demands.
"Failure to pass health care reform has markets questioning the viability of US President Trump's ambitious fiscal stimulus plans", wrote Christopher Vecchio, a currency strategist at foreign exchange trading site DailyFX.
"All last week he was calling them".
He also told the reception, regarding a second attempt to make a deal on health care, "I have no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly".
"Have we had some discussions and listened to ideas? Not at this time".
But after a weekend of bruising headlines about the GOP's failures to deliver on their signature campaign pledge in the previous four elections, Republicans are walking back their admission that the health care battle is over. There are many states whose insurance mandates are even more numerous and stringent than Obamacare's; for those states, repealing Obamacare's EHBs alone will not make a big difference.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn't want to see President Donald Trump negotiate with Democrats on health care. "We believe it will not work out". "They have an opportunity now to have the status quo, regretfully".
But then he suggested that he could also cut a deal with Democrats, a move that would nearly certainly make more conservative members of the House balk.
Once that deadline passed, Trump began acting like a child who didn't get to have his birthday party on the precise day of his miraculous delivery into the glare. Members of the House Freedom Caucus, meanwhile, who were opposed to the bill, are grappling now with public admonishment from their new President. And it is exactly the opposite of what Trump said after last week's debacle: "The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode".
"I don't want us to become a factionalized majority", he said. But he's since criticized the Freedom Caucus for its resistance.
Last Friday, March 24, House Republicans pulled the American Healthcare Act-a bill that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act-from a floor vote that was scheduled for that afternoon.
Any celebration by Democrats is "premature", House Republican Whip Steve Scalise said after a conference meeting Tuesday. "My prayers and my support are with you".
"There's a lot more to governing than just saying no", he added.
But Trump and Ryan say they want to go to tax reform next, but that's not going to be any easier.
"It's not cheap, it's not what it's cracked up to be", Russell, a Republican, said of Obama's statute.
Like tax reform and infrastructure, this is going to be tough.
Republicans have viable ideas to address these issues, including high-risk insurance pools and capping the tax exclusion that companies get for providing employees with health insurance.