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Trump celebrates defeat of Obamacare, vows to reduce health insurance premiums

India TV News Desk Washington 05 May 2017, 6:29:10
India TV News Desk

US President Donald Trump today promised to bring down health insurance premiums and deductible as he celebrated the defeat of Obamacare on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

The US House of Representatives today passed a legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, handing down a major victory to Trump.

The American Health Care Act was approved mostly along partisan lines, 217-213, with just one vote to spare. No Democrats backed the bill, and a slew of Republicans opposed it as well.

"This is really an incredible healthcare plan. This has brought the Republican party together," Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House along with scores of Republican lawmakers lead by the House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Vice President Mike Pence said this is the beginning of the end of Obamacare.

"We have taken the historic first step to repeal and replace Obamacare," he said.

Trump said he now feels confident that his healthcare plan would be passed by the Senate.

"The deductible would come down. The premium would come down. This is a repeal and replace of Obamacare. Make no mistake about it," he said.

Describing this as a "big day", Ryan said there are still a few steps left before it could be signed into law.

The problems facing the American people are real, he said referring to the significant jump in healthcare insurance.

"This law (Obamacare) has failed and is collapsing. It makes healthcare more affordable and less vulnerable," Ryan said.

Roughly 60-70 Republican House members attended the celebration of defeat of Obamacare at the White House, who lined up on the stairs in photo formation.

Top Indian American healthcare official Seema Verma was seen standing in the front row along with top Republican lawmakers.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price received a big round of applause as he entered and joined his former colleagues behind the podium.

(With PTI inputs)