Ryan touts passage of ObamaCare repeal at White House

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism On The Money: Senate banking panel showcases 2020 Dems | Koch groups urge Congress not to renew tax breaks | Dow down nearly 400 | Cuomo defends Amazon HQ2 deal Koch groups: Congress shouldn't renew expired tax breaks MORE (R-Wis.) touted the passage of a House measure to repeal and replace ObamaCare on Thursday, but warned that there is still work to be done.

"Today was a big day, but it is just one step in this process. An important step," he said at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden. But, "we still have a lot of work to do to get this signed into law.

"Because the issues are just too important. The stakes are just too high. The problems facing American families are real. And the problems facing American families as a result of ObamaCare are just too dire and too urgent."

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Speaking alongside President Trump and Vice President Pence shortly after the House vote, Ryan painted a dire picture of healthcare in the U.S. under ObamaCare.

"Premiums are skyrocketing and choices are disappearing, and it is only getting worse, spiraling out of control," he said. "And that is why we have to repeal this law and put in a place a real, vibrant marketplace."

The measure — the American Health Care Act — passed the House by a narrow margin on Thursday afternoon, moving Republican lawmakers and Trump closer to making good on their promise to repeal former President Obama's signature healthcare law.

But the AHCA could face a significant hurdle in the Senate, where some Republicans have expressed reservations on the measure as currently written.