GOP ready to repeal Obamacare
WASHINGTON (AP) Yes, Donald Trump is taking charge and Republicans control both the House and Senate, having won an election promising to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.
But in Congress, getting from Point A to point B rarely consists of a straight line, and Democrats in the Senate can easily gum up the works with procedural blockades. Since Republicans hold the Senate with just 52 votes, they are forced to employ an arcane, fast-track budget process to avoid a Democratic filibuster.
With those advantages come a host of complications, however, most particularly restrictions on the range of provisions that can be passed under fast-track rules.
Separately, several Senate Republicans are expressing reservations about repealing without a viable alternative. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said they will move quickly to replace it, but failed to provide a specific timeline.