Senate approves budget in first step toward repealing Obamacare

The Senate passed a budget measure early Thursday that signaled Republicans’ intent to move rapidly forward on their pledge to repeal Obamacare once Donald Trump takes office — a move critics claim could leave millions of Americans uninsured.

Only one Republican voted against the nonbinding budget resolution that paves the way to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare law as early as next month.

“The Senate just took an important step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare by passing the resolution that provides the legislative tools necessary to actually repeal this failed law while we move ahead with smarter health care policies,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a key force behind the resolution, said in a statement.

The 51-48 vote came after Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and four other Republicans unexpectedly withdrew an amendment they implemented in order to have more time to draft both repal and replacement bills.

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“(We) place our faith in the fact that we’re going to do this in a manner that works well for the American people,” Corker said.

Repealing President Obama's signature healthcare law could leave millions of American uninsured, according to critics.

Repealing President Obama’s signature healthcare law could leave millions of American uninsured, according to critics.

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

The House is expected to vote on the resolution Friday, but many congressmen and women, some of whom are Republican, have voiced concerns over setting the effort in motion without having a replacement plan on the table.

“As we repeal Obamacare, we would be wise to vote on its replacement at the same time,” Sen. Rand Paul, the only Republican to vote no on Thursday, said via Twitter a few hours before the resolution passed.

Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed Corker’s move as premature and “outrageous.”

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“Maybe they will develop a plan, but right now, what they are talking about is repealing legislation which has brought millions of people health care and they have no substitute,” Sanders said.

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“We’re going to repeal and replace, very complicated stuff,” Donald Trump said during a Wednesday morning press conference without providing any details.

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

President-elect Donald Trump did not immediately react to the news, but boasted during a Wednesday morning press conference that his administration will soon unveil a plan that will “get health care taken care of in this country.”

“We’re going to repeal and replace, very complicated stuff,” Trump said without providing any details.

With News Wire Services

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