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.
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).
It was a GREAT day for the United States of America! This is a great plan that is a repeal & replace of ObamaCare. Make no mistake about it. pic.twitter.com/fYtghBlXxS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2017
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.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 4, 2017