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With Pence breaking a tie, Senate votes to begin debate on Obamacare repeal bill

With Pence breaking a tie, Senate votes to begin debate on Obamacare repeal bill

Republicans narrowly advanced their campaign to roll back the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, as the Senate voted by the slimmest of margins to begin debating legislation to repeal and potentially replace large sections of the 2010 law signed by President Obama.

But the partisan 51-50 vote — with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie — does not ensure the success of the GOP’s seven-year quest to dismantle the sweeping law, widely known as Obamacare.

With health coverage for tens of millions of Americans at stake, it remained unclear Tuesday what kind of healthcare bill — if any — might emerge by the time a final Senate vote is held, possibly as soon as Thursday.

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