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>> The bill is passed, and without objection the-.>> Vindication for President Donald Trump as his Republicans finally pass their Obamacare replacement through the House of Representatives.>> Make no mistake, this is a repeal and a replace of Obamacare.>> I'm Andy Sullivan on Capitol Hill, where Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief after getting their plan through the House.
This is a big victory for Trump and Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan. All those months of on again, off again talks have paid off on one of the most difficult and divisive of issues in American politics.>> All members voted.>> The bill squeaked through the party line vote of 217 to 213.
>> Republicans are committed to keeping our promise. A real vibrant market place with competition and lower premiums for families. That's what the American Healthcare Act is all about.>> So what did they do? Make matters worse.>> Democrats saying it would add millions to the ranks of the uninsured.
>> This is a pathetic process that everybody should be ashamed of. But I'll tell you, people will figure out soon enough, when they're denied healthcare coverage.>> For seven years the American people have said no, stop it, we don't want a healthcare system from government that takes freedom away from us.
>> The bill would repeal most Obamacare taxes and slash funding for Medicaid, which provides coverage for the poor.>> It would let states opt out of coverage in areas like maternity care and prescription drugs and would allow insurers to charge more money to cover people who already have health problems.
Republicans buried their differences over that issue, adding $8 billion to a pot of money to help cover costs for people who are already battling illness.>> The groups have all come together.>> We still don't know how much this bill will cost and how many of the 20 million people who gained coverage under Obamacare would lose it under this bill.
Now it's on to the Senate where the prospects are uncertain.>> And I know that our friends over in the Senate are eager to get to work.>> Democrats lost control of the House after they passed Obamacare in 2010. Now it's Republicans who have to worry about the risks of a potential voter backlash.
>> Shame. One early warning sign, about 200 protestors chanting, shame, as Republicans left the Capitol building after the vote.>> Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.