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Republicans’ Repeal-And-Replace Plan Narrowly Passes House

After two false starts and weeks of compromise negotiations, House Republican leaders gathered enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act, their replacement for Obamacare. The bill passed 217-213, with 20 Republican defections. GOP House members who supported the legislation were jubilant afterwards, having followed through on a years-long campaign pledge.

Politico: Obamacare Repeal Bill Squeaks By In House
The plan, 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. (Cheney, Bresnahan and Bade, 5/4)

The Wall Street Journal: GOP Approves Bill To Replace Most Of Affordable Care Act
The 217-213 House vote came more than a month after Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) was forced to withdraw the bill to avoid its collapse on the House floor. Late lobbying and amendments in the past week allowed House Republicans to finally clear the measure to roll back and replace much of the Affordable Care Act. (Peterson, Bender and Armour, 5/5)

Los Angeles Times: With A Push From Trump, House Republicans Pass Obamacare Overhaul
After House GOP leaders had shelved previous attempts to advance the bill because of a lack of support from their own party, Thursday’s vote provided a major legislative victory to Trump, which may give momentum to his other priorities and bolster his efforts to be seen as a leader who can govern with the Republican majority in Congress. (Mascaro and Levey, 5/4)

Modern Healthcare: House Passes AHCA, Now Fate Of Obamacare Is In The Senate
The bill passed by a vote of 217-213 in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon, one vote over the 216-majority threshold. It is the GOP's first successful attempt to move legislation to repeal President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, during the Trump administration after two false starts. If it passes the Senate, the AHCA will make stark changes to the rules and regulations governing the healthcare industry for the last seven years. (Lee, 5/4)

Bloomberg: House Passes Obamacare Repeal In Razor-Thin GOP Victory
House Republicans mustered just enough votes to pass their health-care bill Thursday, salvaging what at times appeared to be a doomed mission to repeal and partially replace Obamacare under intense pressure from President Donald Trump to produce legislative accomplishments. The 217-213 vote sends the American Health Care Act to the Senate, where it has little chance of being passed in its current form by fellow Republicans spooked by reports the plan would cause millions to lose health insurance. Twenty Republicans voted against the bill, and no Democrats backed it. (Edgerton, House and Edney, 5/4)

The Hill: Ryan Touts Passage Of ObamaCare Repeal At White House
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) touted the passage of a House measure to repeal and replace ObamaCare on Thursday, but warned that there is still work to be done. "Today was a big day, but it is just one step in this process. An important step," he said at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden. But, "we still have a lot of work to do to get this signed into law. (Greenwood, 5/4)

The Hill: House Passes ObamaCare Repeal
House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, taking a major step toward a long-held goal and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health system. The narrow 217-213 vote is a victory for GOP leaders, who faced a tumultuous path to getting the bill to the floor. The measure had to be pulled in March because of a lack of votes, but a series of deals since then brought on board the conservative Freedom Caucus and then wavering moderates. (Sullivan, 5/4)

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