US Se­nate braces for health­care showdown

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US Se­nate Repub­li­cans be­gin their fi­nal push on Thurs­day to un­ravel Oba­macare, seek­ing to wrap up their seven-year of­fen­sive against for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care law that ex­tended in­sur­ance cov­er­age to mil­lions.

Repub­li­cans lead­ers hope a pared-down “skinny” bill that re­peals sev­eral key Oba­macare pro­vi­sions can gain enough sup­port to pass af­ter sev­eral at­tempts at broader leg­is­la­tion failed to win ap­proval ear­lier this week.

The skinny bill’s de­tails will be re­leased at some point on Thurs­day, be­fore the Se­nate em­barks on a marathon vot­ing ses­sion that could ex­tend into Fri­day morn­ing. The leg­is­la­tion is ex­pected to elim­i­nate man­dates re­quir­ing in­di­vid­u­als and em­ploy­ers to ob­tain or pro­vide health in­sur­ance, and abol­ish a tax on med­i­cal de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The ef­fort comes af­ter a chaotic two-month push by Se­nate Repub­li­cans to pass their ver­sion of leg­is­la­tion that made it out of the Repub­li­can-con­trolled House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in May.

Mem­bers of the party, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, cam­paigned on a pledge to re­peal and re­place what they say is a fail­ing law that al­lows the govern­ment to in­trude in peo­ple’s health­care de­ci­sions.

Repub­li­cans were op­ti­mistic about the skinny bill’s chances of re­ceiv­ing at least 50 votes in the Se­nate where they hold a 52-48 ma­jor­ity. Reuters

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