Saturday, January 14, 2017

US Congress takes big step to Obamacare repeal
The US House of Representatives has taken the first step toward demolishing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare. Republicans passed a budget measure to introduce a bill - which Democrats cannot block - to roll back the law. But members of both parties in Congress are concerned about a lack of replacement for Obamacare.

The political showdown raises a big question mark over medical coverage for more than 20 million Americans. 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 Thursday.

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