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Ohio Trump supporters say, "Obamacare is going down"

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 01:38

Trump supporters attending his rally Tuesday in Youngstown Ohio, say they are looking forward to an Obamacare replacement, but are divided on how Congress should go about it. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Trump supporters weighed in on the American healthcare debate during a rally in Youngstown, Ohio on Tuesday (July 25). "Obamacare is going down," said one supporter outside the venue. "Maybe taking baby steps is a good way to start instead of just trying to cancel everything before you have something," another supporter said inside the venue. After a months-long struggle, Republicans have succeeded in bringing Obamacare repeal legislation, a centerpiece of their 2016 election campaigns, to a debate on the U.S. Senate floor. Now the hard part begins. Republicans, deeply divided over the proper role of the government in helping low-income people receive healthcare, eked out a procedural win on Tuesday when the Senate voted 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie, to allow debate to start on legislation. The outcome came as a huge relief to President Donald Trump, who has called Obamacare a "disaster" and pushed fellow Republicans in recent days to follow through on the party's seven-year quest to roll back the law. "We're now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this Obamacare nightmare," Trump told a cheering crowd in Ohio. However, Senate Republican leadership suffered a setback when the repeal-and-replace plan that they had been working on since May failed to get enough votes for approval, with nine out of 52 Republicans voting against it. Usually, bills reach the floor with a predictable outcome: Senators have received summaries of the legislation to be debated that were written in an open committee process, leaders have counted the number of supporters and opponents, amendments are debated and everybody knows the likely outcome: passage. All that is out the window now, as the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday continues a freewheeling debate that could stretch through the week on undoing major portions of Democratic President Barack Obama's 2010 framework, which expanded health insurance to about 20 million people, many of them low-income.

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Ohio Trump supporters say, "Obamacare is going down"

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 01:38