January 12, 2017
At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday,
Republicans moved one step closer to repealing a law they have railed against since the moment it was passed nearly seven years ago.
By a final vote of 51-48, the
Senate approved a budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the
Affordable Care Act <aka
Obamacare> to be repealed through a process known as budget reconciliation. The resolution now goes to the
House, where leaders are hoping to approve it by the end of the week.
, in a
New York Times
Jan. 13, 2017
The House cleared the way on Friday for speedy action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting
Congress on track to undo the most significant health care law in a half-century.
With a near party-line vote of 227 to 198, the House overcame the opposition of
Democrats and the anxieties of some Republicans to approve a budget blueprint that allows Republicans to end major provisions of President
Obama's health care law without the threat of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.
Repeal and Replace Obamacare once seemed an absurd Republican vow but now part I of the promise (Repeal) looks close to realization. Meanwhile, according to the NPR article:
...large questions still loom over how - and when - Republicans will replace the health care law.
The authors of the New York Times article echo that sentiment:
Donald J. Trump, Speaker
Paul D. Ryan and other Republican leaders now face a much bigger challenge: devising their own plan to ensure broad access to health care and coverage while controlling costs <i.e. replacement>.