Published: Fri, May 05, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Obamacare is 'dead' says Trump after healthcare victory

Obamacare is 'dead' says Trump after healthcare victory

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the American Health Care Act of 2017 by a 217-213 vote with all Democrats opposing.

They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that almost sank the measure six weeks ago. Since it was passed in 2010, Republicans have repeatedly attempted to repeal it with no success.

Yet now that the Republicans control Congress, they haven't learned from this history at all.

House Floor after AHCA vote.

House Speaker Paul Ryan walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill.

With no Democrats supporting the revision, Republicans will need to cobble together the 216 votes necessary to pass the legislation exclusively within their own party, despite internal differences on the way forward.

"We still have a lot of work to do to get this signed into law, and I know our friends in the Senate are eager to get to work", Ryan said in the White House Rose Garden after passage of the bill. He celebrated his first major legislative victory, describing the bill as a "great plan".

Donald Trump vowed, "We're going to have insurance for everybody...."

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David Epps, the Topeka city coordinator for National Day of Prayer , said everyone was welcome to attend the events. Miraculously and sovereignly, by a joint resolution of Congress in 1952, the National Day of Prayer began.

Leaders rallied rank-and-file politicians at a closed-door meeting early on Thursday by playing Eye Of The Tiger, the rousing 1980s song from the Rocky III film.

"We are all holding our breath in terror", said all poor, elderly, infirm and female Americans as the House passed the bill.

Over the past few weeks, the measure was revamped to attract most hard-line conservatives and some Republican centrists.

The bill sets aside money to help people afford coverage but it's unclear what happens to those with preexisting conditions under the GOP plan.

Trump argued that the GOP bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act, will be more affordable than ObamaCare.

The bill would offer tax credits of $2000-4000 per year, depending on age, to replace the income-based tax credits and subsidies available under the ACA.

The bill would also allow insurance companies to deny coverage for gynecological services and mammograms.

The AHCA does not fully repeal and replace Obamacare, but it does tackle some of its key provisions, including giving states the rights to waive restrictions on covering people with pre-existing conditions as well as rules that prevent lifetime coverage of 10 "essential benefits". But the changes which were approved Thursday will most likely make the adverse impact of the plan even worse.

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