The US House Passes Bill to Repeal and Replace Obamacare
Washington, D.C.: The US House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday. The bill won the floor of the House with a narrow victory of 217 to 213 votes. The bill will now be introduced in the Senate for its approval.
“We suffered with the Obamacare,” said President Trump at the celebration held at the Rose Garden in the White House. “People were suffering so badly with the ravages of the Obamacare.”
Trump said that the premiums were going up and the deductions were going up, and that the Obamacare was dead. He congratulated Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for their hard work in bringing all the groups together. He said that the effort brought the Republican Party together.
This is the beginning of the end of Obamacare, said the Vice President Michael Pence at the celebration.
Obamacare took 17 months. Hillary Clinton tried to push medical bill valiantly to all her fairness, but failed, Trump said.
“We did it in just eight weeks,” Trump said.
Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have along with other members tried to pass the bill in the Senate more than a month ago with no success. The major failure is said to be with the replacement plan that doesn’t adequately support the pre-existing conditions, diseases or any other medical conditions one may have at the time of subscribing for a medical plan.
After going through a lot of negotiations and closed-room meetings with the House of Representatives, the Trump team has accommodated some pre-existing conditions in the bill, gaining a greater acceptance for the bill. However, for the bill to become the law, it has to be approved by the Senate before the president gets to sign it.
During the process, the bill will likely be amended multiple times, in which case the bill will have to come back to the House of Representatives. Also, winning on the floor of the Senate is not an easy task for the Republicans. They have 52 seats in the Senate and Democrats have the rest of 48 seats. For the bill to pass the Senate, a total of 60 votes are required. Having said that, the task of winning at House was unthinkable a month ago. This can be seen as a first major victory for Trump.
Talking at the celebration, Paul Ryan said that the stakes were just too high with Obamacare. He said that the insurance companies were fleeing away because of Obamacare, and as an example pointed to Iowa, where insurance companies have dropped from 94 out of 99 counties, leaving no choice for those residents.
Ryan said that Obamacare is spiraling out of controlm and it is time to shift the power of making health decisions from Washington, D.C. to states and to the people. He referred to the new replacement plan as a more “patient-centric” plan.