The Democrats have suffered a major reverse over procedural irregularities in their historic health bill, and will have to send it back to Congress for a second vote.
Although President Barack Obama has already signed it into law Republican senators have found two minor provisions on points of order under budget rules. They concern the revamp of the student loans programme that was included in the package.
The flaws were unearthed during an all-night Senate session when 30 Republican members tabled amendments designed to derail the bill. After adjournment, that debate resumes today.
Opposition to the bill is also swinging towards state legislatures, as the Republicans try to use their state’s devolved powers to destroy a bill they hate. That hatred has also taken a more sinister turn with at least 10 Democrat members of Congress who voted for the health bill reporting death threats, violence, and attacks on their offices around the country.
Republicans force second vote on heath bill