Health care

Trump says ObamaCare replacement bill has 'brought the Republican party together'

President Trump lauded the House passage of the Republican health care bill to replace ObamaCare on Thursday, saying he's "so confident" the legislation will pass the Senate.

"This has really brought the Republican Party together," Trump said at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.

House Republicans narrowly approved their sweeping health care bill in a 217-213 vote in the biggest step yet toward replacing the Affordable Care Act. All Democrats voted against the bill on the House floor Thursday afternoon, warning it would jeopardize coverage; 20 Republicans voted no.

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The president, however, said the new Republican health care bill will be better for consumers. 

"Yes, premiums will be coming down," Trump said. "Yes, deductibles will be coming down, but very importantly, it's a great plan."

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., said passage of the bill showed that Republicans are "committed to keeping our promise."

"One thing is now clear," Ryan said. "Republicans are committed to keeping our promise to lift the burden of ObamaCare, put in place better system."

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Trump said while the party includes many different groups, from conservatives to more moderate Republicans, being able to has out details on health care helps lay the ground work for future legislation, such as overhauling the tax code.

"This really helps it," he said. 

Trump added that he expects to have a "tremendous" four, or even eight years in office.