ObamaCare replacement bill approved in House

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House Republicans on Thursday narrowly approved their sweeping health care bill aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to upend ObamaCare, after resuscitating legislation that had flatlined on the floor not six weeks earlier.

The revised American Health Care Act passed on a 217-213 vote.

“We’re going to get this finished,” President Trump declared in a celebratory Rose Garden event, surrounded by Republican congressional allies shortly after the vote. He vowed premiums and deductibles will be “coming down” and the Affordable Care Act is “essentially dead.”

The passage marked Republicans’ biggest step yet toward replacing the Obama administration’s signature domestic policy law. The bill heads next to the Senate, however, where it faces an uncertain fate.

All Democrats voted against the bill on the House floor Thursday afternoon, warning it would jeopardize coverage; 20 Republicans voted no. Implying the GOP would lose seats in 2018, Democrats sang, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” toward the end of the voting.

But GOP leaders cheered the result.

“Welcome to the beginning of the end of ObamaCare,” Vice President Pence said in the Rose Garden.

Trump, praising House Speaker Paul Ryan, said he’s confident in Senate passage and predicted an “unbelievable victory.”

The narrow approval Thursday was remarkable considering Ryan had to pull an earlier version from the floor in late March. Amid questions over whether the majority party could advance anything on health care amid deep internal divisions, the White House and congressional leaders barraged rank-and-file holdouts with pressure in recent days to back revised legislation.

“A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote,” Ryan said Thursday.

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