"The American people now have to judge them by how they have acted - not by how we have characterized what they stand for", Pelosi said in a press conference following the vote.
The future of what many are calling "Trumpcare" could hinge on 7 Republican Senators who have voiced objections on similar legislation in the past.
That could threaten the health cate of 1.8 million New Jersey seniors, people with disabilities and children, according to New Jersey Policy Perspective, a progressive research group. "Both Democrats and Republicans have said this plan is no good". More Americans would opt out because the bill would eliminate the individual mandate - which requires most people to get insurance or pay a penalty.
One of the amendments would let states apply for waivers to allow insurance companies to hike premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.
Former President Barack Obama speaks after being presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Boston.
"It is my fervent hope and the hope of millions. such courage is still possible, that today's members of Congress regardless of party are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions", he said.
"But you can charge people more", Stephanopoulos interrupted. The House bill's huge cuts in taxes and spending aren't optional features; they're the whole point.
Price said the changes will make sure that people who rely on Medicaid get the care and coverage that they need.
Gov. John Kasich of OH questioned what would happen to the mentally ill, drug addicts and people with chronic illnesses under the changes proposed for Medicaid.
Before the Affordable Care Act, pregnancy was considered a pre-existing condition, and insurers frequently denied coverage because of it.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell plans to move forward under special procedures that allow legislation to pass with a simple majority vote, instead of the 60 usually required for major bills in the Senate.
Facing solid Democratic opposition and controlling the Senate 52-46, Republicans can lose only two GOP senators' votes but prevail with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.
And while Senate Republicans are already saying their bill will be different from the House's, the process will probably be just as tense and complicated. It says the Republican plan will protect people with pre-existing conditions and provide families "with more choices, better coverage and lower premiums". "The Senate will complete the job".
Stephanopoulos also pressed the speaker to answer critics who asserted that the bill unfairly benefited the wealthy by rolling back the taxes on high income earners that helped fund the Affordable Care Act, the law better known as Obamacare.
While President Trump and House Republicans celebrated passage of their measure Thursday with a White House Rose Garden event, concerns were already mounting about dying momentum as the more deliberate Senate tries to craft its own ObamaCare replacement plan.