US President Donald Trump and other lawmakers prepare to speak after the House voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a Republican version of the healthcare law.
US President Donald Trump and other lawmakers prepare to speak after the House voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a Republican version of the healthcare law. JIM LO SCALZO

Obamacare end another step closer after House vote

DONALD Trump has made more progress in his bid to repeal Obamacare after the House of Representatives narrowly passed a healthcare Bill aimed at undoing one of his predecessor's biggest accomplishments.

The 217-213 vote was a significant triumph for Mr Trump, who repeatedly promised during his campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare. The President had a major setback in March after a vote on an earlier version of the American Health Care Act was dramatically cancelled at the last minute when it failed to gain enough Republican support.

The current Bill was rejected by all Democrats and 20 Republicans.

It faces an uphill battle in the Senate, but Mr Trump feels confident.

"It's going to an unbelievable victory when we get it through the Senate," he said at a media conference following the House vote.

He 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".

"People are suffering so badly with the ravages of Obamacare," he said.

At one point he turned to representatives behind him and, suggesting the victory was impressive, exclaimed "Hey, I'm President! I'm President! Can you believe it?"

The House voted without costings or an idea of how many it would affect.


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