Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged the Senate Thursday night to pass a bill that would eliminate key parts of Obamacare.
McConnell said the legislation would help end the "failed status quo" of Obamacare, even though it will act as a vehicle to start negotiations with the House in a conference.
"Passing this legislation will allow us to work with our colleagues in the House to work for a final bill to repeal Obamacare," he said. "I would urge everyone to support it."
The legislation would repeal Obamacare's individual mandate and temporarily repeal the employer mandate and defund Planned Parenthood for a year.
"It eliminates the so-called individual mandate that forces Americans to buy insurance they don't want, can't afford and can't use," he said. "It also repeals the employer mandate that cuts take-home pay and job opportunities for workers."
However, the employer mandate would be reinstated after eight years, according to the text.
The bill also defunds Planned Parenthood for a year and boosts funding for community health centers.
He said that the legislation would "prioritize funding for women's health for community health centers instead of large abortion providers and political organizations."
A final vote on the bill is expected Thursday night or early Friday morning, much to the dismay of Democrats who immediately criticized it.
"This is nuclear-grade bonkers what is happening here tonight," said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.