The House on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a vote that could leave thousands of people without health insurance and leave lawmakers scrambling to come up with a replacement plan.
The bill, which would give Congress two years to come to an agreement on replacing the ACA before it collapses, has a majority of Republicans in support.
But the bill is also divided on the question of whether the party should move to repeal it, and it is likely to face opposition from the business community, which has been a key ally of the Republican Party in the Senate.
On Thursday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he was “satisfied” with the House’s vote.
But he warned that the party must get a replacement bill done in time for a July recess.
Ryan said he believed Democrats were working to move a bill that would replace the ACA into the Senate, and that he believes that the Republican leaders could work with Democrats on a bipartisan plan to get it passed in a short amount of time.
Ryan warned Democrats that they were trying to sabotage the Affordable CARE Act in an effort to take away the Affordable Health Care Act.
He said they should be embarrassed and take back the Senate instead of sabotaging the ACA, which he said would be a mistake.
Ryan called the health care legislation that the Senate is working on, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the “gold standard” of health care reform.
The Senate’s bill would repeal the ACA.
The Republican plan would have to pass both chambers of Congress to become law.
The House voted 219-193, with all Democrats voting no.
The Senate is expected to take up the GOP bill, and the White House has expressed support for the legislation.
Trump tweeted earlier this week that he has been told by the Senate that he will not have to sign the bill.
The GOP bill passed the House by a margin of 218-193.
The GOP-led House has passed bills repealing and replacing the Affordable Healthcare Act in the past.
It passed the measure with a vote of 235-195, with Republicans voting for it.