Republicans cracked beers. Democrats mockingly sang “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” as the final vote count came in.
And President Donald Trump can finally chalk up a ‘W’ in the ‘legislative victories’ column as the House of Representatives passed Republicans’ version of a replacement to the Affordable Care Act. Among the highlights of the House’s bill are the removal of the individual mandate and the return of power to the states to make important healthcare decisions.
While the Trump administration and Republicans may have declared victory yesterday, the road ahead will be both long and bumpy for the legislation. The Senate has said it plans to essentially gut the House’s version of the bill and rewrite its own. What remains to be seen is whether the Senate’s version will look anything like the House’s and how much Republicans’ 52-member majority will factor in, as the narrow margin doesn’t leave much room for GOP Senators to jump ship.
Who are the big winners and losers from Thursday? What will the Senate change as it rewrites the legislation? What hurdles will it face in the Senate?
Kevin Whitelaw, Congress editor for Bloomberg News; he tweets @KevinWhitelaw1