The Senate has passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The nearly party-line51-48 vote came on a nonbinding Republican-backed budget measure that eases the way for subsequent repeal legislation that could come to a vote next month.
The House is slated to vote on the measure on Friday, though some Republicans there have misgivings about setting the repeal effort in motion without a better idea of the replacement plan.
Passage of Thursday’s measure would permit follow-up legislation to escape the threat of a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Republicans are not close to agreement among themselves on what any “Obamacare” replacement would look like, however.
President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that repealing and replacing the law should happen “essentially simultaneously.”