ObamaCare under fire in ‘vote-a-rama’

ObamaCare under fire in ‘vote-a-rama’
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Senate Republicans are targeting ObamaCare in the chamber’s marathon session on budget amendments known as a “vote-a-rama” on Thursday.

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Senators have proposed 85 healthcare-related amendments, including a full repeal of ObamaCare, a ban on any ObamaCare marketing and a shift of Medicaid into states' control.

The symbolic proposals are among more than 600 amendments that the Senate will consider during the “vote-a-rama,” which is expected to last through late Thursday.

Senate Democrats used their budget amendments to try to ward off attacks against the Affordable Care Act, which just passed its five-year anniversary.

Several Democrats, including Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case Harris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller MORE (D-Ore.), tried to strike a portion of the budget that “makes it easier to address Obamacare,” known as reconciliation.

Another proposal from Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders surge triggers Dem angst As many as eight GOP senators expected to vote to curb Trump's power to attack Iran MORE (D-Ill.) would increase funding for the cash-strapped IRS to help enforce the healthcare law.

This year marks the first time that the newly GOP-controlled Senate will put forward its own budget. While it will not become law under President Obama, the budget process allows lawmakers to make political statements about their priorities.