Trump Scores Healthcare Victory in House

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives has passed a healthcare bill, bringing President Trump's pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare a stride closer.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed with a vote to spare, after weeks of cajoling within the Republican Party to muster enough support.

It has been opposed by Democrats and several groups representing patients, doctors and hospitals.

President Trump predicted this "great plan" would now get Senate backing.

"Make no mistake, this is a repeal and a replace of Obamacare," he said from the Rose Garden at the White House, soon after the vote.

Republicans needed 216 votes in the House and it passed with 217. No Democrats voted in favour.

The bill next heads to the Senate, possibly in June.

But its safe passage through the US lower chamber provides the new president with his first legislative victory, three months into his term.

And it marks a remarkable turnaround after the bill was left for dead in March when Republicans were unable to agree on its provisions.


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