Senate Republicans Move Forward with Plans to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

About 8.8 million people enrolled in individual insurance plans through the HealthCare.gov website as of December 31, compared with 8.6 million a year ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in an e-mailed statement.

Only 1 in 5 people supports repealing President Obama's health-care law before the replacement is worked out.

Republican lawmakers have dubbed the budget resolution the Obamacare "repeal resolution" to emphasize its objective of repealing the law.

After a crushing election loss, Democrats may have limited options for stalling reforms without significant Republican defections.

"How are you going to make sure every family is protected with their health insurance plan?" After all, according to NBC News, some members of the GOP have said that it could take up to four years after repealing Obamacare for a new program to be implemented.

He cautioned Republicans to not to be seen as taking responsibility for the law, which he said "will fall of its own weight - be careful!"

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The move, coming just hours after the commencement of a new session of Congress, underscored that stripping down Obamacare will be the Republican Party's top legislative priority under future President Donald Trump. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a physician who briefly ran for the GOP presidential nomination, wrote in an op-ed on Tuesday that repealing the law without replacing it would only add to the "current chaos".

People may have forgotten it, but most of Obamacare was actually passed with 60 Senate votes.

Repeal of Obamacare would hurt NY state's budget to the tune of $3.7 billion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. At the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Republican plan would have devastating consequences.

Do you believe health care should be available only to the wealthy and those whose employers provide it? Republican leaders said they are exploring a variety of market-based options that would lower costs, give Americans more choice and reduce government's role in the health care system.

"We're talking about two separate things here", freshman Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., told Newsmax shortly after he was sworn in, "A lot of people are rightfully nervous about what comes after repeal, and I understand this".


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