US President Donald J. Trump (C-L) and Republican Speaker of the House from Wisconsin Paul Ryan (C-R), along with GOP lawmakers, prepare to speak after the House voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a Republican version of the health care law in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 04 May 2017. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO
Republicans Take First Step to Repeal Obamacare
The Republican majority in the US House of Representatives voted Thursday by the narrowest of margins to repeal the 2010 healthcare legislation known as ObamaCare and replace it with a proposal backed by President Donald Trump.
The G.O.P has won its first major victory in its long personal battle to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which started seven years ago.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the dismantling of the health care system implemented by Barack Obama and his replacement by a new plan, designed by Republicans (the so called AHCA, American Health Care Act).
For Donald Trump, the Republican vote to repeal Obamacare means his first legislative office since he took office, more than a 100 days ago. Revoking the Democrat Healthcare system was one of the key promises of his campaign.
The bill, which should now be ratified by the Senate, went ahead by a difference of four-to-two votes in favor and 213 against-and with only one more than the figure they needed to add.
"I tell you, people suffered so badly with the ravages of Obamacare. As far as I'm concerned your premiums will come down," said Trump after the vote, as reported in CNBC. "This will get passed through the Senate. I feel so confident."
According to Trump Administration, the AHCA will reduce costs of the healthcare system by letting states opt out of Obamacare insurance benefit requirements and allow the sale of less costly plans. (critics say that under Obamacare, some people pay higher premiums for services they don't use).
All Democrats voted against it. The leader of the Democrats at the House, Nancy Pelosi, called the bill a "moral monstrosity."
Also on Thursday, the US Congress approved the $1.1 trillion spending bill to pay for federal government operations through the rest of the 2017 fiscal year, thus averting a partial government shutdown before the weekend, and it now goes to President Donald Trump"s desk for his signature.