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Republicans' healthcare bill passed; tough battle ahead

May 05, 2017, 7:34 AM EDT
(Source: Gage Skidmore/flickr)
(Source: Gage Skidmore/flickr)

In one of the biggest legislative wins for U.S. President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal Obamacare, setting the stage for a bitter political showdown in the U.S. Senate.

The American Health Care Act, passed by 217-213 vote, had 20 Republicans voting against while no Democrats voted in favor, writes The Guardian.

Buoyed by a seemingly “short-lived” victory, Trump said Obamacare is “dead,” as he reassured the Americans that the new bill will cut down premiums and deductibles, notes the BBC.

Uncertainty looms over the fate of the bill in the U.S. Senate where Republicans hold a slender majority of 52 in the 100-seat chamber and could pay the price even with a handful of defections, reports Reuters.

 

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