Trumpcare clears first hurdle in Congress after marathon 18 HOUR committee session

Thursday, March 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

The House Ways and Means Committee approved the bill along party lines
Vote was 23-16 but Democrats forced a long debate that stretched overnight
GOP leaders want to pass a replacement for Obamacare
More conservative Republicans say it doesn’t go far enough
9 March 2017

Republicans cleared the first hurdle early on Thursday in their plan for a massive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system backed by President Donald Trump, despite Democratic concern that the cost of the bill and its impact on the budget remain unknown.

The House Ways and Means Committee approved the bill along party lines on Thursday morning after debating the draft legislation for nearly 18 hours.

The chamber’s Energy and Commerce committee continued its own marathon session, two days after it was unveiled by Republican leaders.

‘This is an historic step, an important step in the repeal of Obamacare,’ said Republican Representative Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, after the committee voted 23-16 on the measure.

Congress is hoping to pass the bill, which would roll back much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, within a few weeks.

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