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House resolution to dismantle Obamacare has passed. Here's what happens next.


The process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act continues after the House of Representatives passed a budget resolution on Friday.

The vote, 227-198, veered on party lines, though, nine Republicans crossed the aisle to side with Democrats, and 10 members withheld their votes.

The passed resolution comes a few days after the Senate held what's called a vote-a-rama. Essentially it required lawmakers to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to pass a Congressional blueprint, which paved the way for a vote in the House of Representatives. 

The nine GOP members who sided with their Democratic counterparts included Reps. Justin Amash, Charlie Dent, Brian Fitzpatrick, Walter Jones, John Katko, Raul Labrador, Tom MacArthur, Thomas Massie and Tom McClintock.

No member of the Democratic party, however, swung to the other side.

Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern helped lead the charge against the resolution. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan rallied the GOP party in a speech on the House floor.

“This is nothing short of a rescue mission,” he said. “By taking this step today, we are doing what is right. We are doing what is urgent. And we are keeping our promise to the American people.”

As for what's next, House and Senate must act in accordance with the budget resolution to draft and pass legislation. 

What the legislation will look like remains uncertain. Since the passage of the Affordable Health Act, critics of the bill haven't been able to propose how it intends to replace it. 

In a town hall on Thursday night, Ryan promised that replacement legislation is "definitely a plan within the first 100 days" of the Trump administration.

House resolution to dismantle Obamacare has passed. Here's what happens next.

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