This is a big step. A lot of people will say that the bill is dead in the Senate and that whatever comes back to the House will be even harder to pass. But that’s not exactly true. Once these things get moving, the pressure ratchets up on lawmakers of the president’s party to support it. I don’t think it will be so easy for the Senate to kill this and hand such an incredible setback to the president and the voters who put him – and them – in power.
From the Washington Examiner:
The House narrowly passed legislation on Thursday to partially repeal and replace Obamacare, giving GOP leadership and the White House a major legislative win after weeks of negotiations with conservative lawmakers who pushed for a tougher bill.
The House voted 217-213 to pass the amended American Health Care Act, after deciding late Wednesday that the votes were there thanks to last-minute changes that appealed to centrists.
When the vote was called, 20 Republicans voted against it, just under the threshold of 22 GOP lawmakers that could vote against it and still have it pass.
The vote is a win not just for Trump, who has been pushing the House to vote for weeks, but for Republicans who have been looking for a way to dismantle Obamacare since it was passed in 2010.
In the video, you can hear Democrats singing, Nah, nah, nah, nah . . . Hey, hey, hey, goodbye.” I don’t think so, but Republicans are going to have to do a better job selling what they are doing.