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Dozens of House Republicans gathered at the White House Rose Garden with President Donald Trump to celebrate their health-care bill's narrow approval by a 217 to 213 margin. As the bill got sent to the Senate — where it faces more skeptical Republicans and potentially major changes — House Republican leaders joined Trump for a victory lap.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who beamed standing behind Trump as the president introduced him, said Republicans are "committed to keeping [their] promise" to repeal Obamacare. Ryan reiterated that he wants to reduce costs and increase choices for consumers in what he called a "vibrant marketplace," while admitting that the effort has a long way to go.
"We've got a lot of work to do. But one thing is now clear. Republicans are committed to keeping our promise to lift the burden of Obamacare from the American people and put in place a better and more patient-centered system," Ryan said.
The House plan has fueled many concerns about its possible effects on health-care coverage and affordability. While the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has not assessed the costs of the current, amended plan, a review of an earlier plan that failed in the House in March estimated it would lead to significant growth in the number of people uninsured.