According to media reports, Senate Republicans may roll out three proposals for debate and vote, which are "repeal and replace", "partial repeal" and a "skinny repeal". "I have consistently voted to repeal and replace this disastrous health care law, and I am glad that a repeal bill will finally reach the president's desk". "We're going to give you great health care".
The Senate voted on the Obamacare Repeal and Reconciliation Act, which would repeal parts of Obamacare including the individual and employer mandates, taxes, and spending.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to speak with reporters following the successful vote to open debate on a health care bill on Capitol Hill, July 25, 2017.
Republicans finally cleared a key hurdle in their years-long effort to repeal Obamacare, the landmark law that reshaped health care and redefined campaign priorities for multiple election cycles.
On the day's opening vote to begin debate, and with all senators in their seats and protesters agitating outside and briefly inside the chamber, the vote was held open at length before Mr. McCain, 80, entered the chamber. Republican leader John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last week, returned to the House to applause and cast a vote in favour of dismantling Obamacare.
Nevertheless, the vote narrowly passed along party lines, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the 50-50 tie.
The Senate today is voting on whether to repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement.
"I know many of us have waited years for this moment to finally arrive".
If something - anything - passes, the next step is negotiations with the House to resolve differences in the bill.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated repealing without an immediate replacement would lead to 32 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 and cause average premiums to double. "Because we're only repealing part of it, Obamacare will remain even if we're successful with this bill at least half of Obamacare remains".