Partisan approval with one election to spare sends American Health Care Act to uncertain fate in Senate, after negotiations reveal crackings in Republican party
House Republicans narrowly approved a controversial initiatives to dismantle the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, taking a significant first step toward fulfilling a seven-year promise to repeal and replace the 2010 law that served as a landmark overhaul of the US healthcare system.
Republicans passed the American Health Care Act with one election to spare, following a dramatic series of negotiations that disclosed deep rifts between the partys moderate and conservative wings over how to replace Barack Obamas signature legislative accomplishment.
The bill passed 217 to 213, with 20 Republicans voting against and no Democrats voting in favor. Republicans burst into clapping when the bill passed the 216 -vote threshold, a achievement that had seemed insurmountable just days before.
Democrats too visualized a reason for celebrating. After it passed, they sang the 60 s reached Na Na Hey Hey( Kiss Him Goodbye) appearing to suggest Republicans would lose their seats if the repeal proved unpopular.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to face serious difficulties.
Later in the afternoon, an exultant Trump celebrated with dozens of Republican congressmen at the White House. He punched the air in succes as he greeted them in the Rose Garden and was met with maintained applause. Before a seated audience that included Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, vice-president Mike Pence declared: Thanks to the leadership of President Donald Trump, welcome to the beginning of the end of Obamacare.
What a great group of people, Trump told, referring to the Republican congressmen, and theyre not even doing it for the working party, theyre doing it for this country because we suffered with Obamacare.
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