Senate will move to repeal Obamacare this week: McConnell

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The US Senate will act this week to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Republican senator from Kentucky said Sunday that Congress would quickly come up with a new health-insurance system after repealing the Affordable Care Act in coming days.

“We will be replacing it rapidly after repealing it,” McConnell said on CBS. “There ought not to be a great gap between the first step and the second.”

Republican leaders have come under criticism for their stated intention to scrap the existing healthcare law, known as Obamacare, without offering a viable alternative first.

McConnell said the Senate would send the repeal bill to the House of Representatives for approval.

A senior House Republican, however, said it could take two years to fully replace Obamacare.

“I think everybody recognizes that there will be a transition period,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told Fox…

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