Published on May 5, 2017
Updated on November 1, 2019
House Narrowly Passes GOP Health Care Bill
By the slimmest of margins, the House of Representatives passed the Republican plan to replace Obamacare Thursday afternoon, sending the measure to a skeptical Senate where it is almost certain to change shape. Republicans passed the bill by a vote of 217 to 213, just one vote over the 216 needed.
The vote was a big win for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was able to deliver on Republicans’ seven-year long campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act even though the bill doesn’t constitute a complete repeal. And for President Donald Trump, this gives him his first legislative victory since taking office more than 100 days ago.
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