Late last night, Senate Republicans took the first formal step required in their quest to gut Obamacare by passing a resolution to support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, reports NBCNews. Senate Democrats mounted an effort to block the late night vote, but were not successful. The House will vote on the Senate resolution this Friday.
It appears the Republican strategy will be to repeal Obamacare through the reconciliation process, a complicated procedural mechanism that requires a simple majority to become effective.
As explained by NBC, “[a] majority of the ACA can be repealed through the budget gimmick known as reconciliation, which only needs the support of a 51 senators — an easier threshold than the 60 votes that most other legislation needs. But Republican leaders are working to figure out what can be replaced through reconciliation. While reconciliation is easier to pass, it has restrictions on its content. It can only pertain to the debt and spending.”
The actual repeal vote is expected to occur on or around January 27.