WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Senate has taken the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.
Voting around 1:30 a.m Thursday to adopt a budget plan that would result in an end to the program.
Maine’s two senators were split on the issue. Senator Susan Collins voted in favor of the move and Senator Angus King is against it.
The measure will now head to committee where lawmakers will begin work on legislation that could end the program by January 27.
This mornings vote was passed along party lines.
Both Senators Collins and King have said a repeal shouldn’t take place until republicans come up with a replacement program.
Senator King said the repeal could be a disaster to rural hospitals in Maine and the 75,000 Mainer’s who get their insurance through the federal program.
Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin said he’ll also support the repeal when the measure makes its way to the house.