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Obamacare Repeal Effort Clears First Big Hurdle in U.S. Senate

  • Partisan vote follows ‘vote-a-rama’ on Democratic amendments
  • House leaders scrambling to find votes amid repeal worries
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Republicans Take First Step to Obamacare Repeal

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The U.S. Senate took the first step toward repealing Obamacare in a razor-thin vote early Thursday, even as House leaders were struggling to line up support for a vote later this week.

The 51-48 vote fell almost entirely along party lines, an early sign of the contentiousness surrounding Republican plans to undo President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law.