SEN­ATE VOTES TO DE­BATE ON HEALTHCARE RE­PEAL

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEWS -

Sen­ate Repub­li­cans nar­rowly agreed to open de­bate on a bill to re­peal Oba­macare, but the party’s ef­fort to roll back Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture healthcare law still faces sig­nif­i­cant hur­dles. The Sen­ate dead­locked 50-50 on whether to move for­ward with the healthcare de­bate, forc­ing Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence to cast the tie-break­ing vote and send the bill to the Sen­ate floor. The out­come was a huge re­lief for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who had pushed his fel­low Repub­li­cans hard in re­cent days to live up to the party’s cam­paign prom­ises to re­peal the 2010 Af­ford­able Care Act, com­monly known as Oba­macare. But the nar­row vic­tory on a sim­ple pro­ce­dural mat­ter raised ques­tions about whether Repub­li­cans can muster the votes nec­es­sary to pass any of the re­peal ap­proaches the Sen­ate will con­sider.

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