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

WASHINGTON - 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."

 


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