March 24, 2017 / 1:26 PM / 4 months ago

U.S. House rules panel clears Trump-backed Obamacare repeal bill for debate

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U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes truckers and CEOs to attend a meeting regarding healthcare at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017.Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more limited healthcare program for the uninsured was cleared for debate and votes on Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives by the House Rules Committee.

The legislation, opposed by Democrats, is being brought to the House floor after President Donald Trump late on Thursday demanded a vote even though it was unclear whether there were enough Republicans supporting it to win passage.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by David Alexander

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