In the first big legislative win for Donald Trump as president, the Republican House on Thursday voted to pass a measure to repeal Obamacare.
The House voted 217-to-213 to repeal “the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the nation’s health system without mandated coverage, saying the plan would bring down costs for Americans,” writes The New York Times:
“Yes, premiums will be coming down; yes, deductibles will be coming down, but very importantly, it is a great plan,” Mr. Trump said in White House Rose Garden, flanked by Republican lawmakers. It was the kind of exuberant event typically reserved for legislation that is being signed into law, rather than a controversial bill that has narrowly passed one chamber and faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
The measure faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where its “steep spending cuts will almost certainly be moderated,” notes The Times.
GOP Majority Leader Says House Will Vote On GOP Obamacare Replacement Bill
GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote Thursday on the Republicans’ controversial bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare, reports NBC News.
From NBC News:
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., said several days ago that he would not hold the vote without having those winning votes in hand. Thursday’s scheduled vote will take place without the House having received an official projection of the costs of the revised bill, as well as estimates about how it will affect insurance premiums and the numbers of people with health coverage.
The expected vote will come a day after two leading Republicans, Reps. Billy Long and Fred Upton, agreed to switch their expected “no” votes on the bill to “yes” votes.
As far as the Senate, the fate of the bill — which would leave 24 million fewer people insured by 2026 than under Obamacare — is uncertain because senators from both parties have complaints about the bill, reports The Atlantic.