Senate Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare; Carter wants to ‘snatch a knot in their ass’

[private]Senate Republicans had the opportunity Wednesday to do what they’ve talking about doing for the last seven years: repeal the Affordable Care Act “root and branch” without having a replacement for it.

But when it came down to an actual vote on a motion to do just that, seven Republican senators deserted their colleagues and teamed up with the Democrats to defeat a motion to repeal Obamacare over a two-year period.

The vote was 55-45 against repeal, even though a similar measure had passed the Senate in 2015 before it was vetoed by President Barack Obama.

Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue voted to repeal Obamacare, even though such a move would result in an estimated one million Georgians losing their health insurance coverage.

The seven Republicans who voted against repeal were Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, John McCain, Lamar Alexander, Shelley Moore Capito, Dean Heller, and Rob Portman.

Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-Pooler) was especially angered by the votes of Collins and Murkowski, telling an MSNBC interviewer: “Let me tell you, somebody needs to go over there into that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass.”

Carter’s spokeperson later clarified: “Rep. Carter’s comment was in no way directed towards Sen. Murkowski specifically. His words speak for themselves, that he was not speaking about a single senator. This is a southern phrase used frequently throughout Rep. Carter’s lifetime which simply means get your act together.”

The Senate will continue holding votes this week on various proposals to repeal or replace Obamacare, but so far nothing has attracted majority support.

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