The US House passed in a 227-198 vote a resolution on Friday that gives Congress the legislative tools to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“By taking this first step toward repealing Obamacare, we are closer to giving Americans relief from the problems this law has caused,”said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in a statement.
“Too many families have seen costs soar, quality drop, and choices reduced to one—which just isn’t a choice at all,” Ryan said, adding, “This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care.”
Friday’s news follows a similar 51-48 voted in the Senate that approved a budget resolution to approve the budget reconciliation process that will allow the repeal of Obamacare.
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