House Republicans have handed a major victory for President Donald Trump for passing a legislation aimed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, a major step toward overhauling the country’s health care system.
The result of the vote is 217-213 with 20 Republicans voting against the bill while no Democrats supported it.
The passage of the bill called the American Health Care Act comes after weeks of negotiations.
The Daily Caller reports:
Twenty Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the measure, including Pennsylvania Reps. Pat Meehan, Ryan Costello and Charlie Dent of the Tuesday Group , and conservative Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Andy Biggs of Arizona.
Republicans failed in their first attempt to pass the bill in March due to lack of consensus among members prompting House Speaker Paul Ryan to cancel the vote.
The bill now heads to the Senate where there is slim chance of being passed in its current form among Republicans that are ideologically split between conservatives and moderates.
As the House passed the bill, Democrats taunted the Republicans by singing, “Na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!”
They believe the bill is so disastrous that it could help them win back majority in the House in next year’s mid-term elections.