Washington: Is Obamacare going to be a thing of past? This may seem true as President Donald Trump has received his first major victory against Obamacare. He had claimed during his campaign to dismantle Obamacare and introduce another healthcare plan of his own.
While President Donald Trump and his Republican Party bosses are not sure about the sort of changes they want to introduce on the place of Obamacare, they seem to be determined to throw it into the dustbin of history.
The President received a shot in his arms when the House voted to dismantle the pillars of the Affordable Care Act. The House also gave its nod to major changes to the entire healthcare system. Now the bill will go to the Senate and not many people are sure that it will be cleared from there.
For President Trump it was one of the biggest victories after coming to power in January this year. “This is a great plan. I actually think it will get even better. This is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it,” he said after the bill was passed in the House.
It should be kept in mind that 217 GOP lawmakers backed the bill while 20 opposed it. All Democrats opposed the bill in the House.
Trump said that the bill’s passage showed that the Republicans were finally coming together “We’ve developed a bond…This has really brought the Republican Party together” said he. “As far as I’m concerned, your premiums are going to come down” he went on to add.
The passage of the bill from the House shows Democrats’ inability to rally dissatisfied Republicans behind them. It is clear now that not just Democrats were unable to stop the GOP vote aimed at President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, they couldn’t present their stand very well.
It is now clear that Trump has succeeded in convincing several top GOP leaders. Before the vote on the House floor, House Speaker Paul 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…A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote…here because they promised to cast this vote” said he.