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Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to take back the House, and a movement towards Democrats is not the same as Democrats leading or winning seats.

Wavering moderate Republicans had anxious that the legislation to overhaul President Barack Obama's 2010 signature healthcare law would leave too many people with pre-existing medical conditions unable to afford health coverage. Even if the measure passes the House, it faces daunting odds in the Senate where Republicans hold a narrower majority.

Ultimately, for the most vulnerable House Republicans, this may be a vote they won't be able to escape over the next year and a half - even if it never becomes law.

One signal that health care will remain a political lightning rod came from Trump's 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton, who blasted the Republicans' "shameful failure of policy & morality".

The government would no longer reimburse about half of whatever MA spends on the program. It would roll back state-by-state expansions of Medicaid, which covered millions of low-income Americans.

Hutchinson was reluctant to criticize congressional Republicans' first major legislative victory of the Trump administration, but made clear his reservations about the House version of Obamacare repeal.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that there were "so many variables that are unknown" that it was "almost impossible" to accurately determine the impact of the new replacement bill.

"We must manage expectations and remain focused on the art of the doable as we move forward", said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, among several cautionary statements issued by Senate Republicans after the House vote. In a provision that helped the bill pass the House, the new version would let states get a waiver so insurers can set higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. They could be charged maybe 5 times as much as say an 18-year-old.

As passed, the bill does make some changes to Obamacare, the most significant of which is to Medicaid.

It also erases tax increases on America's highest earners and the healthcare industry, which were put in place under Obamacare.

But there were celebrations moments later on the White House lawn, where the president laid on a reception for Republicans in the House of Representatives.

Republicans have pointed out that more insurance companies are pulling out of state-run exchanges, and the GOP bill will cut about $765 billion in taxes over the next decade, NPR's Scott Horsley reported, though mostly for wealthy Americans. They accuse Republicans of seeking tax cuts for the rich, partly paid for by cutting health benefits.

Trump praised Australia's universal health care right after the House repealed Obamacare.

The House bill was written by Republicans representing districts often drawn to incorporate strong majorities of GOP voters.

Part of the unlikely victory is that the bill makes the biggest change to Medicaid since the program was established in 1965 and there hasn't been as much debate about that as one might expect.

The bill now heads for the Senate, where it is expected to change, and the plan leaves many important coverage decisions up to the states.

Health insurers, such as Anthem Inc, United Health Group Inc, Aetna Inc and Cigna Corp, have faced months of uncertainty over healthcare's future.