Update: The U.S. House of Representatives just approved a budget resolution that could make the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act possible. The measure was originally presented and approved by the Senate on early Thursday morning. Ahead, we explain what the Senate vote really meant and how it will shape the future of Obamacare. If you want to know what will happen if the ACA is repealed and how will it impact you, click here. This story was originally published on January 12, 2017.
By now, you've probably seen #SaveACA trending on social media, or you've read the news that something happened with Obamacare. Last night, the Senate voted on a resolution that is being viewed as the GOP's first concrete step in the process of repealing Obamacare. They did this during a late-night "vote-a-rama" — i.e., when legislators try to quickly pass a series of measures during sessions that last until the wee hours of the morning. But unless you are a political science whiz or someone obsessed with legislation, the language and messaging around all this can seem vague and confusing. If you don't understand what the hell is going on in Congress, we're here to help. Ahead, a breakdown of what happened last night and what it means for the ACA going forward.