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House Votes to Dismantle Obamacare

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WASHINGTON, DC — In a major victory for President Donald Trump, the House has voted to dismantle the pillars of the Affordable Care Act and make sweeping changes to the nation’s health care system.

The bill now heads to the Senate where it faces daunting challenges because of the same ideological splits between conservative and moderate Republicans that nearly killed it in the House.

Trump will hold a celebratory news conference at the White House, and GOP lawmakers are expected to take buses from Capitol Hill after the vote.

Thursday marks a political milestone — one that has painfully eluded Trump and House leaders for months. The controversial health care bill delivered Trump the biggest political defeat of his short presidency in March when the legislation had to be yanked from the House floor because it simply didn’t have enough support.

Under pressure from an antsy Trump looking to score a big political victory, Republican leaders tried again last week, hoping to get to 216 votes ahead of the President’s symbolically important 100-day mark in office. That effort, too, failed.

Before the vote on the House floor, Ryan made the case that Republicans had no choice but to work to put Obamacare — what he called a “failing law” — behind them. “Let’s give people more choices and more control over their care.”

“Let’s return power from Washington to the states,” Ryan said.

“A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote,” Ryan said. Many lawmakers, he added are “here because they promised to cast this vote.”

14 comments

  • truck driver

    Love your comment, seems allot of activists in their 20’s are angry. They talk about people in their 60’s but never actually claim to be in their 60’s:)

  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey angryconservative, when you turn 60, you’ll be thrown into the pre-dementia category. You’d be surprised just how you’re categorized by the insurance companies. Just because you’re alive is a preexisting conditon.

  • silvernickels

    They are eliminating taxes on the top 2% and also taking away health coverage for 24 million people over 10 years. Also cuts Medicaid for low-income people. Cut taxes for wealthy while also hurting the poor. What’s not to love?

    • Just a girl

      I stand corrected. I sighted the only good piece of the legislation. As I read the New York Times rundown of the changes, I was struck by how ironic it is that instead of a government investing in its people like is what they’re here for, to promote its own people, we have a disinvestment strategy at play here. How much more of this can the American public stand?

  • Jd

    Health insurance isn’t like car insurance! There aren’t many choices! And you can’t shop around!

  • Jd

    I’ve worked a full time job all of my life with no government handouts and have private insurance! My rates shouldn’t increase because of a pre-existing condition that started 8 years ago! If you think your premiums won’t go up you’re a fool!

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