Republican lawmakers in the Congress have taken the first official step to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law.
Republican US Senator Mike Enzi introduced a resolution on Tuesday allowing for the repeal of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, which provides coverage to millions of Americans.
The move, which came on the first day of the new Congress, underscored that dismantling Obamacare will be the Republican Party’s top legislative priority under future President Donald Trump.
According to the Wall Street Journal, both chambers of Congress are expected to pass the budget resolution as early as next week.
Although passing of the measure does not automatically repeal Obamcare, it sets in motion a process that will eventually abolish the 2010 healthcare act unless three or more Republican senators (or 24 representatives in the House) defect.
The law, considered Obama’s top legislative achievement,…