The US Senate has taken the first steps towards dismantling Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.
Editor’s Remarks: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is probably the outgoing President’s best-known work and aims to overhaul the provision of health insurance. It has been mired in controversy since its inception, particularly by Republicans opposed to the use of federal subsidies towards extending coverage to the 15% or so of the US population who lack it. Senators have now voted 51-48 to draft legislation repealing the Act. With some 20 million Americans having received health insurance through the program now at risk of losing it, the controversy is bound to last well into Trump’s tenure.
What To Watch: Obamacare, Donald Trump, UnitedHealth Group, Republican Party