US Congress Takes First Step to Repeal Obamacare
jamuna news desk: The US House of Representatives has taken the first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to gut the health care law, known as Obamacare without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.
Republicans passed a budget measure to introduce a bill which Democrats cannot block to roll back the law.
But members of both parties in Congress are concerned about a lack of replacement for Obamacare.
The political showdown raises a big question mark over medical coverage for more than 20 million Americans.
The measure passed in the House nearly on a party-line vote, 227-198, delivering a blow to President Obama's legacy a week before he leaves office.
It instructs four committees on Capitol Hill to draft repeal legislation by 27 January.
The vote was 51 to 48. During the roll call, Democrats staged a highly unusual protest on the Senate floor to express their dismay and anger at the prospect that millions of Americans could lose health insurance coverage.