House clears path for debate on Trump-backed healthcare bill

© Reuters. The US Capitol building is seen before the planned vote of the US House of Representatives on the AHCA health bill on Capitol Hill in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled US House of Representatives on Friday paved the way for a contentious debate over legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more limited federal health insurance program.

By 230 votes to 194, the House passed rules for debating Republican legislation opposed by Democrats. It was not yet clear if House Speaker Paul Ryan has enough Republican support to pass the bill that has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

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