In a move that gets Republicans closer to landing a bill repealing Obamacare on President Barack Obama’s desk, the Senate passed a bill Thursday night rolling back key provisions of Obamacare and placing a one-year moratorium on funding for Planned Parenthood.
Using a budget tool called reconciliation, which allows a bill to pass with 51 votes, the Senate passed the legislation 52-47. Two Republicans voted against the legislation, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., did not vote.
In addition to stripping Planned Parenthood of its federal funding for one year, the reconciliation bill also guts Obamacare’s employer and individual mandates and lessens the fines for failing to comply with each to $0. It also repeals the Cadillac and medical device taxes and Medicaid expansion and tax credits and removes the federal government’s authority to run the exchanges.
After the reconciliation package passed, conservatives praised the Senate’s version of the legislation, which differed substantially from that passed by the House in October.