Obamacare Repeal In Action After GOP Senate Votes for “Repeal Resolution”

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 24: Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., bow their heads in prayer during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall for the "Foot Soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches, a group of men and women who peacefully marched from Selma to Montgomery in protest of the denial of their right to vote," February 24, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 24: Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., bow their heads in prayer during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall for the "Foot Soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches, a group of men and women who peacefully marched from Selma to Montgomery in protest of the denial of their right to vote," February 24, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Early into the morning on Thursday, Senate Republicans shadily launched their effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama‘s landmark Affordable Care Act law in order to move forward a budget blueprint that they’re calling the Obamacare “repeal resolution.”

The Senate voted 51-48 along party lines for the measure, which works to dismantle the budget process used seven years ago to approve the landmark healthcare law.
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“This resolution will set the stage for true legislative relief from Obamacare that Americans have long demanded while ensuring a stable transition,” Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi of Wyoming said, just after 1 a.m. “The Obamacare bridge is collapsing and we’re sending in a rescue team.”
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the most vocal GOP opponents of voting on a repeal bill before coming up with a replacement package, voted against the budget resolution and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein was absent.Senators were bleary-eyed as they walked quickly to the exits, wrapping up the final vote a little before 1:30 a.m.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the top Democrat who led the late-night fight against a repeal, said the protest could be a sign of things to come as the fight stretches on.
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“I think it’s important for this country to know this was not a usual thing, this is a day which lays the groundwork for 30 million people to be thrown off their health insurance,” Sanders said. “And if that happens, many of these people will die.”
The House is expected take a vote towards a  resolution by Friday, which will bring about the process of crafting a second bill that would pretty much get rid of major parts of Obamacare. There are still a few weeks before Congress votes on the second bill,  but Thursday still marked a victory for the Republican Party as it moves toward overhauling the country’s healthcare system.
Opponents of Obama health care legislation rally on the sidewalk during the third and final day of legal arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court in Washington, March 28, 2012. Two years after President Barack Obama signed into law the healthcare overhaul, the Supreme Court is taking up a historic test of whether it is valid under the country's Constitution. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH CIVIL UNREST) - RTR300DM
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Source: CNN