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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2015.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate takes first step toward repealing Obamacare

7:00 am Jan. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate took the first step toward repealing Obamacare early on Thursday morning, passing a budget bill that would clear the way for legislation to gut the health care law in the weeks ahead.

It came after seven hours of back-to-back, party-line votes on an array of non-binding health care provisions, part of a byzantine ritual known as “vote-a-rama.”

Ultimately, the final vote was 51-48, just enough for the measure to squeak through the

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and others, listen as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill last month.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Bye bye, Obamacare: Congress’ repeal offensive will begin this week

1:52 pm Jan. 3, 2017

From our colleague Misty Williams:

A top Republican on Tuesday launched the opening salvo in the GOP’s mission to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi, who heads the Senate Budget Committee, introduced a resolution that will kick off the process to officially repeal Obamacare.

“Americans face skyrocketing premiums and soaring deductibles,” Enzi said. “Insurers are withdrawing from markets across the country, leaving many families with fewer choices and

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

House Democrats’ Hail Mary bid to save Obamacare

11:00 am Dec. 22, 2016

Democrats on Capitol Hill are planning a last-ditch effort to save President Barack Obama’s beleaguered health care law as their Republican counterparts finalize their strategy for dismantling the system beginning in January.

In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the conference’s main focus next month will be defending the six-year old law.

Pelosi asked Democrats to plan events in their home districts on Saturday, Jan. 7

Elevators close on Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as he arrived at Trump Tower on Wednesday. AP/Carolyn Kaster

When Tom Price dabbled with something like Obamacare

9:11 am Dec. 2, 2016

Former Georgia Democratic operative Liz Flowers points us to an experimental period in the life of Tom Price, now President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Price now