First step taken to demolish Obamacare

First step taken to demolish Obamacare

First step taken to demolish Obamacare

Written by Staff Writer

14 Jan, 2017 | 8:59 am

The US House of Representatives has taken the first step towards demolishing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The Republicans passed a budget measure that eases passage of a new law and would overcome any Democratic block, but lawmakers in both parties remained concerned about a lack of replacement for the law, known as Obamacare.

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 Senate passed the resolution by 51-48 on January 12.

“By taking the first step toward repealing Obamacare, we are closer to giving Americans relief from the problems this law has caused,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement following the vote.

However, Donald Trump vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.Obamacare has provided healthcare subsidies and medical coverage for millions who are not covered through work.

It has banned insurers from refusing coverage to people who are already ill, and curbed medical charges to the sick and elderly.But the law has been rocked by rising premiums, large fees and national insurers exiting the marketplaces.

Courtesy : BBC

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