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House votes to begin dismantling ObamaCare

On Friday afternoon, the House approved a budget measure that paves the way for repealing ObamaCare. The measure was passed 227-198, just a day after the Senate voted 51-48 in favor of the same resolution. Nine House Republicans voted against the measure; on the Senate side, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the sole Republican to vote no.

Republicans can now repeal ObamaCare using a procedural tool known as "budget reconciliation," which would shield the vote from Senate filibusters and allow repeal to pass with a simple 51-vote majority. The resolution passed Friday indicated Republicans have a Jan. 27 deadline for drafting repeal legislation, though House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said Republicans do not yet have a hard deadline in place.