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House Passes Bill To Replace Obamacare

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump won his first big legislative victory as the House passed the American Health Care Act, effectively repealing the Affordable Care Act if it passes the Senate.

"What we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted," Trump said of the bill, reports ABC News. "This has really brought the Republican Party together. As much as we've come up with a really incredible health care plan, this has brought the Republican Party together. We're going to get this finished."

The bill passed the House 217-213. All Democrats and 20 Republicans opposed the bill.

Before the vote, Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin urged fellow lawmakers to pass the bill.

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"Let's return power from Washington to the states. A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote." Ryan said, according to CNN.

Republican Rep. Daniel Webster of West Virginia described Ryan as "giddy" before the vote.

According to AARP, 11 million people will lose Medicare benefits, including "the poorest and sickest of all Medicare beneficiaries and rely on Medicaid for critical LTSS services, like help with toileting, bathing, and eating."

Democrats blasted the bill, saying it will lead to the deaths of many people who will no longer be able to afford health care.

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"Trump and Republicans will own every preventable death, every untreated illness and every bankruptcy that American families will be forced to bear if this bill becomes law and millions lose access to affordable health care," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, according to Daily Kos.

"Make no mistake, many people will die as a result of this bill," said Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, according to ABC News.

Despite the warnings of possible deaths, House Democrats reportedly sang "Na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!" after the bill was passed.

"House Democrats visibly joyful after AHCA passes. Singing 'hey hey hey goodbye' at GOP colleagues, implying they'll lose seats for this," tweeted Independent Journal Review reporter Haley Byrd.

Democrats are now looking forward to the 2018 midterms in hopes that people will vote out Republicans because of their vote for the AHCA.

"They have this vote tattooed on them. This is a scar that they will carry," said Democratic House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of Florida, according to CNBC.

The AHCA still needs to pass the Senate and the president will need to sign it into law.

Republicans hold the majority in the Senate, 52 to 48.

Sources: ABC News, Haley Byrd/Twitter, Daily Kos, CNN, CNBC, AARP / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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