President Donald Trump declared the death of the Affordable Care Act during his comments with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Thursday evening.
“So when you compare something to Obamacare, Obamacare is no longer living,” President Trump said about Obama’s signature achievement. “And we have something that’s going to be I think one of the best anywhere in the world.”
House Republicans passed their bill to replace Obamacare Thursday with 217 votes. Every Democrat and 20 Republicans voted against the bill. The measure now heads to the Senate, where conservative groups expect the plan will be further negotiated before it is ultimately signed into law.
Early reports indicate that Senate Republicans could start the negotiations with their own brand new plan, and not adopt the health care bill that passed the House Thursday.
House Democrats passed Obamacare in March of 2010, and Republicans ran against the measure ever since. The party successfully took the House of Representatives in the 2012 midterm elections, and then the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections.
Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate, and Republicans will need 51 votes in order to pass a bill through the upper chamber of Congress.
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