Key provisions stripped from Obamacare repeal bill, Democrats say

Several key provisions of the Senate’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill may have to be stripped or could be eliminated on the Senate floor by Democrats because they don’t comply with budget rules, according to Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee.

The Senate parliamentarian advised today in an informal ruling that prominent conservative agenda items in an earlier draft of the bill, including defunding Planned Parenthood and banning insurance coverage of abortion in Obamacare plans, do not comply with Senate rules on reconciliation, the fast-track procedure the GOP is using to repeal Obamacare.

Republicans plan to vote next week to start debate on Obamacare repeal, but it is not yet clear whether the Senate will vote on the repeal-and-replace bill.

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