McConnell gets a win in Obamacare repeal opening round

McConnell gets a win in Obamacare repeal opening round

By John Bresnahan (Politico) –

In a day filled with high drama, confusion and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, Mitch McConnell got a key win on Tuesday as the Senate voted to begin debate on replacing Obamacare.

Now the Kentucky Republican faces an even harder test — getting something passed.

The Senate faces several days of heated debate and tough votes, with the final outcome in doubt. Can Republicans actually repeal and replace Obamacare? Or simply repeal it? Can they roll back the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which resulted in millions of more enrollees? What about eliminating Obamacare taxes? And defunding Planned Parenthood? What about a “skinny repeal” bill that would get rid of the employer and individual mandates under Obamacare while leaving almost all the rest of the legislation in place? All this is still up in the air.

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