Senate Republicans’ last-ditch effort to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act failed in the early morning hours as John McCain (R-Arizona) joined Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and all 48 Democrats in voting no.
After the Senate voted to proceed to debate the House-passed “repeal and replace” bill Monday, several versions failed before the final so-called “skinny repeal” bill was finally unveiled around 10 pm Eastern time Thursday. It was defeated by a vote of 51-49 just hours later.
McCain, who returned to the Senate after surgery found aggressive brain cancer, had sharply criticized the process Senate leadership used to advance the repeal and replace effort even as he voted for Tuesday’s motion to proceed, and continued that criticism after the vote early this morning.
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was “obviously a disappointing moment” but “it’s time to move on.”