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

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

U.S. Republican senator introduces Obamacare repeal resolution

  U.S. Republican senator introduces Obamacare repeal resolution <p>Republican U.S. Senator Mike Enzi introduced on Tuesday a resolution allowing for the repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health insurance program, which provides coverage to millions of Americans, Enzi's office said in a statement.</p>The move by the Senate's budget committee chairman on the first day of the new Congress set in motion the Republican majority's promise to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, as its first major legislative item.

Official: Chaos if health care repealed .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."

Rand Paul teases ObamaCare replacement bill .
GOP senator has pushed to replace the law when it is repealed.Paul, who has been an advocate of replacing ObamaCare at the same time of its repeal, tweeted a photo of a bill titled the "Obamacare Replacement Act.

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