President Donald Trump on Friday touted House Republicans’ “very exciting” win, while predicting a bright future for American health care.
Republicans advanced legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday afternoon on a 217-213 vote in the House. Twenty Republicans voted against the measure, joining Democrats in opposition.
“Big win in the House – very exciting!” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “But when everything comes together with the inclusion of Phase 2, we will have truly great healthcare!”
Trump similarly declared triumph Thursday during a Rose Garden ceremony. But the House bill is still far from law. The health care debate now heads to the Senate, which, unlike its House counterpart, will wait for a Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act before moving forward on its version of the legislation.
“We won, and we’re gonna finish it off,” Trump said Thursday, predicting passage in the Senate.
The White House has likewise maintained that its health care reform package has three-prongs: legislation, regulatory reform and an additional bill outside of the reconciliation process that would allow consumers to purchase insurance policies across state lines.
Separately, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was insistent Friday that Thursday’s vote was just the first step.