The House has passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the Senate is expected to follow suit in the coming days.
The Senate passed the bill late on Wednesday, after Republicans failed to secure the support of the minority of senators who voted against it, as well as the support from the White House.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the Senate’s only Democratic member, voted for the bill, which was approved by the Senate Finance Committee.
President Donald Trump’s top health and human services official, Tom Price, praised Collins for her vote, saying she was a “great leader” and a “very solid ally” of the president.
The White House also congratulated Collins on her support for the Republican bill, telling CNN that it was “a major win for the American people.”
But Democrats, who were also in the minority in the Senate, expressed disappointment with the vote.
“Today, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to gut the Affordable Health Care Act and put an end to a full-time, 24-hour, taxpayer-funded health care workforce,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement.
“Today’s vote is a victory for the corporate insurance industry, which has long been lobbying against this measure.
I am disappointed that Collins voted for this bill and I will continue to push for an end the Senate bill.”
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who led the charge against the House bill, called the vote “a shameful day for America.”
She added that the Republican health bill is the “worst possible bill” for the Americans who rely on the ACA, adding that the GOP health care bill will only “make it more expensive and more unaffordable for people like my constituents who are in the lowest income brackets.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Duckworth of North Carolina said the Senate vote was a historic day for American health care.
“Americans will be left with no choice but to pay higher premiums and deductibles as premiums skyrocket, the number of uninsured continues to rise, and tens of millions of Americans will lose coverage,” Duckworth said in an official statement.