Trump vows to 'finish off' Obamacare after House passes repeal

Trump, who spoke from the Rose Garden flanked by the Republican leaders, said that he was confident that the bill would pass the Senate.

US President Donald Trump vowed to "finish off" Barack Obama's signature health care law, predicting an "unbelievable victory" after his reform passed the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. "A return to patient-centered health care is long overdue", Ryan tweeted as the House voted on the bill. In fact, Senate Republicans are reportedly not even planning to vote on the bill, instead opting to write their own legislation.

Meanwhile, cases of beer were rolled into the Capitol just before the vote, past the protesters outside, and President Trump rolled out the welcome mat at "the beautiful" White House Rose Garden for a celebration with House Republicans of this "victory for the American people".

"Not only would this jeopardize insurance availability for the one-third of Americans who have preexisting conditions", said DeGette, "it would let insurance companies deny coverage altogether for maternity, for emergency room, for mental health, and for other essential benefits".

Several medical experts and health groups publicly ridiculed the amendment, saying it falls woefully short of the hundreds of billions of dollars likely needed to help control health costs for the sick under the new bill.

The initial AHCA push failed because of discord within the Republican party, as conservative and moderate factions opposed the bill for different reasons. Premiums are skyrocketing and choices are disappearing and it is only getting worse-spiraling out of control. Rand Paul had this to say Thursday: "We're here asking for written copy of this because this should be an open and transparent process".

Today, House Republicans took up an amended version of the American Health Care Act, which is touted as a replacement of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. It's not working for those small business owners that have to deal with the employer mandate that has increased costs and burdens for them. "This bill isn't ideal, but it is a large step toward repairing the damage that has been done by the Affordable Care Act", said Buck.

"Today's vote gives a voice to the victims of Obamacare, the millions of Americans who are paying higher premiums, receiving less coverage and for whom the status quo offered no end in sight", the congressman said.

Colbert pointed out that the legislation aims to repeal Obamacare tax hikes meant to help fund insurance subsidies and other provisions and instead provided hefty tax breaks for the wealthy.

  • Arturo Norris