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Thursday, 12 January 2017 01:40

Obamacare is one step closer to repeal after Senate advances budget resolution

Written by  Kelsey Snell

Senate Democrats prepared Wednesday to make a late-night show of resistance against gutting the Affordable Care Act by forcing Republicans to take politically charged votes against protecting Medicare, Medicaid and other health-care programs.

The mostly symbolic votes come amid growing concerns among congressional Republicans that the party is rushing to dismantle the ACA without a plan to replace it. Democrats planned to force the frenzied vote series called a “vote-a-rama” well into Thursday morning, even as they cannot prevent the GOP from following through on their repeal plans.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that Democrats intend to ensure Republicans are held responsible for any chaos caused by ending President Obama’s landmark law providing roughly 20 million people with coverage in various ways.

“Put this irresponsible and rushed repeal plan aside,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “Work with us Democrats on a way to improve health care in America, not put chaos in place of affordable care.”

In his news conference on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump insisted repeal would not occur without a replacement plan. “Obamacare is the Democrats’ problem. We’re going to take the problem off the shelves for them. We’re doing them a tremendous favor,” Trump said.

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