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Congress takes first steps to dis­man­tle health care law

Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans are tak­ing the first steps to­ward dis­man­tling Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law, fac­ing pres­sure from Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump to move quickly on a re­place­ment.

“We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to step in and pro­vide re­lief from this fail­ing law,” Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told re­porters Thurs­day. “And we have to do it all at the same time so that ev­ery­body sees what we’re try­ing to do.”

Yet Ryan said there are no “hard dead­lines” for a GOP re­place­ment in tan­dem with the re­peal ef­fort, un­der­scor­ing the dif­fi­culty for Congress de­spite the pres­i­dent-elect’s call to both re­peal the law and re­place it with leg­is­la­tion to “get health care taken care of in this coun­try.”

By a near party-line 51-48 vote early Thurs­day, the GOP-run Se­nate ap­proved a bud­get that eases the way for ac­tion on sub­se­quent re­peal leg­is­la­tion as early as next month. The Repub­li­can-con­trolled House planned to com­plete the bud­get to­day.

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