Healthcare Bill Passes now Goes to Senate
Healthcare bill passes today 217 to 213. The bill will repeal major parts of ObamaCare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan. No Democrat voted for the bill. It now passes to the Senate where major changes are expected to be made before it will even be considered. The Senate has a Republican majority with 52-seats. If only a few Republicans refuse to vote for the bill then it still may not pass and become law.
Political Victory for President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan
The passage of the bill represents the first step in fulfilling a top Trump campaign pledge and a seven-year Republican drive to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. Today’s vote was also a political victory for House Speaker Paul Ryan. It demonstrated his ability to pull together a divided Republican caucus after the bill failed twice earlier this year. President Trump tweeted, “Insurance companies are fleeing ObamCare – it is dead. Our healthcare plan will lower premiums & deductibles – and be great healthcare!”
Following the passage of the healthcare bill, President Trump hosted Republican House members at the Rose Garden, as a victory celebration. Vice-president Mike Pence introduced the President who received a warm welcome. He remarked once again that premiums will come down, deductibles will be lowered. He commented that this is a great plan. He said ObamaCare is “dead.”