The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday cast enough votes to pass a Republican-sponsored bill that would repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act, and replace them with new provisions.
The vote — certain to be touted as a big victory for President Donald Trump and House GOP leadership — now sends the controversial legislation to gut Obamacare over to the Senate for consideration.
But winning approval for the bill could be even more difficult in the Senate than it has been in the House, where Republican leaders struggled for nearly two months to wrangle up enough votes in their caucus to secure its passage.
“A lot of us have waited seven years to case this vote,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., shortly before the voting began. “Many of us are here because we pledged to cast this vote: to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
“This bill delivers the promises we have made to the American people,” Ryan said.