President Trump Gets First Victory With House Republicans Voting to Repeal Obamacare

After the narrow vote, House Republicans jaunted up to the White House Rose Garden to celebrate their triumph with President Donald Trump, who mugged for cameras and hailed the historic occasion.

Millions of Americans - including some Athens County residents - could lose health coverage after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Republican-sponsored health care bill, the American Health Care Act, on Thursday.

The legislation squeaked through the House by a vote of 217-213 and faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where it is expected to face significant changes.

"What we have is something very, very incredibly well-crafted", Trump said of the bill, according to ABC News. In the summer of 2009, Paul Ryan said that "I don't think we should pass bills that we haven't read, that we don't know what they cost".

The bill passed by the House would end the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate that most individuals buy insurance, and that larger employers must offer insurance to their employees.

House Republicans narrowly agreed to advance the revised AHCA out of the House and to the Senate.

He continued: "This has really brought the Republic Party together".

"I went through two years of campaigning and I'm telling you, no matter where I went, people were suffering so badly with the ravages of Obamacare", Trump said. No Democrats backed the bill, but some 20 Republicans voted in opposition.

As the Republican leadership conceded more and more demands by extreme conservative lawmakers, the bill in its current version makes health insurance costlier for older and sicker people, while restricting the scope and reach of the state-run Medicaid programme for the poor. - The bill would set aside more than $130 billion for high-risk pools, aimed at helping seriously ill people pay expensive premiums.

The GOP bill keeps the popular Obamacare provision allowing children to stay on their parents' policies until age 26.

"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".

But Democrats are already hopeful this vote will work against the GOP next year, when midterm elections roll around.