At the urging of President-elect Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate approved the first step in Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.The struggles against ObamaCare.
Senators mounted a marathon session in the upper chamber to get the votes needed to start stripping President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
Trump has encouraged senators in recent days to craft the framework for a repeal, even though it doesn't appear his administration or congressional Republicans have a replacement program ready to go -- a prospect outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said this week would have dire consequences for consumers and the U.S. insurance market.
Senators weeded through more than 150 submitted amendments to find one to attach to a budget bill, which will get the ball rolling on axing the health care program, known colloquially as "Obamacare," that has been on the books for more than six years -- and has provided medical coverage for millions of previously uninsured Americans.
And if that workload doesn't seem deep enough, lawmakers can still file new amendments Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Posted by Steve Bartin at 3:55 AM