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House Republicans made good on their years-long promise Thursday to pass legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, narrowly approving a controversial bill that would unravel many of the law’s popular consumer protections, do away with the individual mandate, and overhaul the insurance market.

The final tally — 217 to 213 — reflected sharp divisions over the GOP’s proposal, which is a long way from becoming law but still represents a huge victory for House Republican leaders and the Trump administration. The GOP has struggled for months to cobble together legislation that would garner the required 216 votes from its own fractured conference.

“This bill delivers on the promises that we have made to the American people,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at the end of an impassioned floor debate. “A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote … (and) to rescue people from this collapsing law.”

Source : AP News