Republicans are closer than they have ever been to sending an ObamaCare repeal bill to the president’s desk.
But it’s far from a done deal.
The House has voted 56 times to repeal all or part of ObamaCare, but those Republican-led efforts have died in the Senate.
Now that the upper chamber is under Republican control, the party has a chance to score a significant — if only symbolic — victory on Thursday.
President Obama would veto the bill, but clearing it through Congress would be a rare legislative win for the GOP on the controversial healthcare law.
With a couple of defections expected, it’s unclear whether Senate Republicans have the necessary 51 votes. Thursday’s dramatic roll call is expected to go down to the wire.
Republicans can only afford three GOP defections, if all senators vote.
Republican leaders are still not 100 percent certain how some senators will vote. Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) office and centrist Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) declined to say Wednesday which way they are leaning.
Collins has raised concerns about language in the bill that would eliminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood.