Just days after GOP leaders in the Senate passed a bill to begin the process of repealing Obamacare, leaders in the House followed suit with a bill of their own designed to pave the way for a repeal that cannot be filibustered in the Senate.
Trump immediately cheered the move via Twitter.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
Congressional Republicans completed the first step Friday toward their long-promised repeal of Obamacare and now must find a way to unravel the massive healthcare law and try to replace it.
The House voted 227-198 Friday to adopt a budget resolution that would allow Republicans to push a repeal bill through the Senate without having to face a Democratic filibuster.
“The Unaffordable Care Act will soon be history!” tweeted President-elect Donald Trump earlier in the day. Trump campaigned on canceling President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, and he is pressuring lawmakers for quick passage of a replacement plan.
The road for Republicans will get much harder from here, when — as Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters this week — they will be “shooting with real bullets.” He’s among a group of Republicans who want at least a clear roadmap for a replacement before repealing the law.
Republicans must figure out which pieces of the Affordable Care Act they can repeal immediately, and what replacements or stopgap measures can be put in place. Healthcare industry groups have warned that repealing Obamacare without sufficient replacement plans could disrupt the individual market and jeopardize coverage for millions of people.