The 217-213 vote is a significant triumph for Mr Trump, who repeatedly promised during his campaign to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. Mr Trump suffered a major setback in March after a vote on an earlier version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was dramatically cancelled at the last minute when it failed to gain enough Republican support.
Twenty Republicans voted against the legislation, which was fully rejected by Democrats.
The AHCA now faces an uphill battle in the Senate, but Mr Trump feels confident about the result. “It’s going to an unbelievable victory when we get it through the Senate,” Mr Trump said at a press conference following the House vote.
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Mr Trump saluted the bill as “a great plan and I think it will get even better”, saying more than once, “make no mistake: this is a repeal and replace of Obamacare”. The US leader also vowed that premiums and deductibles would come down.
“People are suffering so badly with the ravages of Obamacare,” said Mr Trump, whose West Wing staff were eager for the appearances of a victory after a turbulent first 100 days in office. A joyous Mr Trump at one point even turned to the representatives lined up behind him and, suggesting the victory was especially impressive for a novice politician, exclaimed “Hey, I’m President! I’m President! Can you believe it?”
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly said the upper chamber would work on a healthcare bill if the House passed one, but that it would be difficult.
While Republican senator Bob Corker said the Senate hasn’t been focused on a healthcare bill just yet, House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows told CNN he has spent the last four or…