“It’s essentially dead!” – An excited President Trump declares Obamacare is history

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

House Republicans on Thursday narrowly passed a controversial bill to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, by repealing and replacing Obamacare. Thus, claiming a major victory even as the measure faces an uncertain fate in the closely divided U.S Senate.

The revised American Health Care Act passed on a 217-213 vote.

President Trump declared in a celebratory Rose Garden event, surrounded by Republican congressional allies shortly after the vote. The President also made attempts at outlining the features of the proposed health care act (Trumpcare).

 

The American Health Care Act, which passed by a vote of 217 to 213,  represents a significant if incomplete political victory for President Trump, who has struggled to secure legislative wins early in his presidency. The vote was also an important win for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who has spent years trying to dismantle Obamacare but has struggled in recent months to unite an ideologically divided caucus.

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