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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 WydenProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package Overnight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period 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 DurbinDick DurbinWhat's worse, violence on the left or the right? It's a dangerous question Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks National Sheriffs' Association backs Biden pick for key DOJ role 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.