The US Senate has voted to overturn the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, but the vote could come as early as Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the vote, which could come on Monday evening.
“This is a great day for health care in America,” McConnell said.
“It’s a great moment for our nation.
It’s a tremendous day for the American people.”
A key Republican, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, said he will support the bill as soon as it is released.
“We have to pass a bill that protects the health and safety of our citizens, but I’m confident that when it’s voted on, the American public will be fully behind it,” Meadows said.
The repeal vote is the second vote on the repeal legislation.
Republicans in the House passed a bill last week that repealed the mandate on insurance companies.
Democrats say the repeal vote will fail, but they can still advance their legislation if Republicans can’t muster enough votes.
Democrats are still hopeful they can win enough votes in the Senate to pass the bill, but Republicans say they are not prepared to do so.
“The American people will decide whether they want to keep the Affordable Health Care Act, or if they want something else,” McConnell told reporters on Wednesday.
“We’re not there yet.”
The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to take up the measure on Thursday.