WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans have failed to push through a “skinny repeal” amendment of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, after all Democratic senators and three Republican senators voted no early Friday morning.
The slimmed-down repeal would remove ACA’s mandates and some of its taxes. It was pared down from a broader repeal attempt, which had also failed to get the majority of votes needed to pass.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who returned to the Senate chambers earlier this week after undergoing surgery for his brain cancer, voted ‘no’ on the repeal along with two other GOP senators, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
Collins and Murkowski had both voted earlier against the motion to proceed to a vote on the bill, the only members of their party to do so. The bill was drafted over lunch on Thursday and voted on at 1:25 a.m. on Friday morning.
Going into the vote, many were unsure what McCain would do. His ultimate vote of ‘no’ drew gasps in the Senate chamber. With three Republicans and all Democrats voting no, the amendment failed.