The House on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to repeal President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion health care law, the largest legislative victory yet in a health care fight that has dominated Washington since the president took office in January.
The vote, which was 97-3, followed a day of drama in the House, where Democrats and Republicans who have clashed over Trump’s health care overhaul threatened to override Speaker Paul Ryan’s veto and send the bill to Trump for his signature.
The measure will now head to the Senate, where the two chambers are split by party lines.
The legislation, which is being crafted in secret and could not be released until Friday, would repeal the Affordable Care Act and the Affordable Worker Adjustment Act, also known as WRA, which has made health care affordable and accessible for the nearly 23 million Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance.
It would also repeal the Medicaid expansion, which provides health insurance to the nearly 13 million low-income Americans who receive federal health care benefits.
The bill is widely expected to pass in the Senate with Republicans holding 52 seats and Democrats holding 48.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has signaled his support for the legislation.
Trump on Wednesday took aim at House Democrats, accusing them of trying to take away health care from millions of Americans.
“We’re going to get the health care bill done,” Trump said.
“And I’ll tell you what, if I can get it done, I will get it passed.
I have the votes.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said she will not support the legislation, even though Trump has promised to sign it into law.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is pictured in this undated file photo.
House Democrats, who have sparred over the legislation and Trump, were not happy about the vote.
“They didn’t have to vote, but they did and they got it done,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D.-Calif.), who chairs the House Democrats’ caucus.
“This was a long-shot, but it worked.”
Senate Democrats on Thursday also failed to pass their own health care legislation, with the Senate advancing a bill that would repeal a provision of the ACA that requires insurance companies to cover maternity care.
Democrats have vowed to fight the repeal and have vowed not to let Republicans push the bill through the Senate.
Democrats have been on a losing streak in the 113th Congress.
The Democrats held only five of the 112th Congresses 115th session, when Republicans held both chambers.