U.S. senate votes to launch repeal of Obamacare

The U.S. Senate takes a first concrete step toward dismantling President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program. Graham Mackay reports.

WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (SENATE TV, REUTERS) – The first significant step towards the death of Obamacare.

The U.S. senate voting in the early hours of Thursday to begin drafting legislation to scrap the president’s signature health insurance program, a top priority for Republicans, not least Donald Trump.

They’re using a special budget procedure that allows them to axe the Affordable Heathcare Act by a simple majority, meaning no votes from Democrats are needed.

There is a lingering question, though: what’s going to take its place?

Some Republicans are worried that they’re voting to get rid of Obamacare without a clear healthcare plan of their own, And just to add to the pressure, Trump says he wants a repeal and a replacement to happen at essentially the same time.

The resolution now goes to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it this week.