Politics Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal 'Obamacare'

09:05  12 january  2017
09:05  12 january  2017 Source:   MSN

GOP senators drop push to delay ObamaCare repeal

  GOP senators drop push to delay ObamaCare repeal A proposed amendment would have given senators about a month of extra time.Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said from the Senate floor that they are withdrawing their amendment to a budget resolution after "thoughtful" conversations among GOP senators about how to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Official: Chaos if health care repealed . So far, Obamacare isn't hurting economy. Republicans take first step to repeal Obamacare . Republican lawmakers have dubbed the budget resolution the Obamacare " repeal resolution" to emphasize its purpose of repealing the law. In a statement, Republican Senate Budget Committee chairman Mike Enzi said the GOP is set on fixing a "broken" national health care system.

Senate Republicans took the first official step toward repealing President Barack Obama ’s signature healthcare law Tuesday afternoon, filing a budget resolution that puts the wheels of overhauling the Affordable Care Act into motion. The move, coming just hours after the commencement of a new session of Congress, underscored that stripping down Obamacare will be the Republican Party’s top legislative priority under future President Donald Trump.

AP Photo: FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican-led Senate is poised to take a step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law despite anxiety among some GOP senators that they still haven’t come up with an alternative. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) © AP Photo FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican-led Senate is poised to take a step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law despite anxiety among some GOP senators that they still haven’t come up with an alternative. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law.

The nearly party-line 51-48 vote came on a nonbinding Republican-backed budget measure that eases the way for subsequent repeal legislation that could come to a vote next month.

The House is slated to vote on the measure on Friday, though some Republicans there have misgivings about setting the repeal effort in motion without a better idea of the replacement plan.

Passage of Thursday's measure would permit follow-up legislation to escape the threat of a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Republicans are not close to agreement among themselves on what any "Obamacare" replacement would look like, however.

President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that repealing and replacing the law should happen "essentially simultaneously."

House to take critical step toward repealing ObamaCare .
The House will vote Friday on a budget resolution that would pave the way for ObamaCare's repeal despite some grumbling by some Republicans wary of moving forward without a firm replacement plan ready. The Senate approved the legislation early Thursday morning, and the House is expected to follow suit before adjourning until the inauguration.Congressional Republicans are eager to move the budget before President-elect Donald Trump takes office next week, and have been coordinating their moves with the incoming administration.Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.

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