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The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure early Thursday morning (January 12th) that’s the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act, voting a nearly party-line 51-48 for a budget measure that eases the way for repeal legislation as soon as next month that will only require a simple majority, blocking Democrats from being able to use the filibuster to stop it.

The House it set to vote on the measure on Friday. As an increasing number of Republicans have expressed concerns about repealing the ACA, also known as Obamacare, without having replacement legislation in place, President-elect Donald Trump said at a news conference yesterday that a plan would soon be revealed to both repeal and replace at virtually the same time.

No details were released, however, and achieving that complicated goal in Congress is nearly certain to be more difficult than it sounds.

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