In a news conference following the vote, Democrats said Republicans voted to take health care away from millions of people.
“Right now, the Republicans are having a beer party to celebrate one of the biggest transfers of wealth from working families to the richest people in our country,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.
“As I’ve said, this vote will be tattooed to them. As I’ve also said, they will glow in the dark,” she added. “Any moderate in the crowd who voted for this bill, turned radical today.”
Needing every vote they could get, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, returned to Washington immediately after foot surgery to help his colleagues pass the bill.
“It was going to be a tight vote and I didn’t want to be the one missing the vote,” Chaffetz said, making his around with a bandaged foot and a walking aid. “It was important to be here. The doctor didn’t want me to be here but you just have to do it sometimes, so here we are,”