Senate moves closer to repealing pieces of Obamacare

Jan. 5, 2017

In the first official step toward repealing the health care law, the U.S. Senate voted 51-48 to begin consideration of Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi's (R-Wyo.) budget resolution that tasks several committees with drafting budget reconciliation bills that would include details on repealing the ACA ― including specific pieces of the legislation to repeal as well as timelines for replacement. Under congressional budget rules, Congress could remove certain provisions under the ACA through this budget reconciliations process, requiring only a simple majority for passage, as opposed to a full repeal that would require a super majority.

Next week, votes are expected in the Senate on budget resolution amendments, with Democrats reportedly planning to propose amendments supporting various provisions of the ACA. Once the resolution clears the Senate, the House of Representatives is expected to swiftly consider the measure.