Early Friday morning, senators were gathered on Capitol Hill to conclude their voting on the “skinny” ObamaCare repeal. Sen. John McCain returned to D.C. on Tuesday to be present for the health care proposal, after being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.
The “skinny” ObamaCare repeal is a scaled-down version of the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Republican senators were expecting the results of Friday’s vote to be 50-50, thus leaving it up to Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie breaking vote.
The results of the vote were surprising, ending with a defeat of the repeal with a 51-49 vote. Three Republicans, including Senator John McCain, voted “no” on the repeal.
In the days leading up to Friday’s vote, McCain had voted “yes” on various procedural measures. Because of this, many Republicans were confident that the senator would back the repeal amendment.
Before voting “no,” Sen. McCain was seen having a lengthy, fired-up conversation with Vice President Pence and Senator McConnell. Reportedly, the two were trying to convince McCain to vote in favor of their side. Shortly after, he moved to the Democratic side and eventually signaled his vote with a thumbs-down gesture.
After the decision, Sen. McCain’s office released an official statement:
"From the beginning, I have believed that ObamaCare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people,” he said. “The so-called 'skinny repeal' amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals.”
The senator also added an explanation on his Twitter account. He said, "Skinny repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform."
This decisive voting session was a huge setback for the Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare. President Trump tweeted about the decision shortly after.
He said, "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!"
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