Susan Collins

Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal Obamacare

Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal Obamacare

The Senate early Thursday passed a measure to take the first step toward dismantling President Obama's healthcare law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republican lawmakers and President-elect Donald Trump grapple with what the replace it with. 

The nearly party-line 51-48 vote came on a nonbinding Republican-backed budget measure that eases the way for action on subsequent repeal legislation as soon as next month. 

“We must act quickly to bring relief to the American people,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). 

The House is scheduled to vote on the measure Friday, though some Republicans there have...

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