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The Senate's Debate On Health Care Reform Is Officially Underway

Senate took a controversial vote Tuesday on the motion to proceed with the Republicans' health care reform effort.

The Senate's Debate On Health Care Reform Is Officially Underway
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The Senate GOP's health care bill survived its first procedural vote.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 50-50 to approve a motion to proceed with the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Vice President Mike Pence was the tie-breaking vote.

Republican leadership struggled to drum up enough support. Leading up to the procedural vote, as many as 14 GOP senators expressed concern with or opposed it.

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The Congressional Budget Office review of the latest version of the bill estimated by 2026, it would reduce the deficit by $420 billion. But the report says the number of uninsured people would increase by 22 million.

Now the bill can go to the Senate floor for a full vote, which is also expected to be close.