Health care debate: Senate repudiates full Obamacare repeal without replacing

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Washington( CNN) The Senate repudiated a proposal submitted by Republican lawmakers to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, marking an important milestone in the Republican Party’s years-long political crusade to gut former President Barack Obama’s legacy health care law.

The failed endeavour was a remarkable contrast from less than two years ago, when a Republican-controlled House and Senate passed an identical measure and sent it to Obama. He vetoed the bill. In 2015, the passageway of the existing legislation was largely viewed as a political messaging exert: GOP lawmakers were keenly aware that Obama would not sign it into law.

But now, with Republican President Donald Trump in the White House and ready to sign a bill, the stakes are real — as are the realities of voting to repeal the present health care statute without a replacing in place. The failure crystalized the new reality for Republicans: more than seven years after the enactment of Obamacare, there is growing recognition within the GOP that a straight repeal of the law is not viable.

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