Senate kills ‘Skinny repeal’ of Obamacare in dramatic Friday morning vote

[private]The U.S. Senate defeated yet another attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act, voting down by 51-49 a “Skinny repeal” bill shortly before 2 a.m. Friday.

Republican senators Susan Collina, Lisa Murkowski, and John McCain voted with the 48 Democrats to reject a bill that would have repealed the individual and employer mandates of Obamacare, along with a tax on medical devices.

The Republican leadership hoped to pass this slimmed-down version of the repeal bill to kick it into a conference committee with House members, where a compromise could be worked out.

That won’t happen, largely because of McCain’s dramatic decision to join Collins and Murkowski in killing the bill.

McCain said afterward he hoped the Senate would “return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”

Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue voted for repeal, as they have done throughout the week.

“Throughout this entire process, we have witnessed everything that’s wrong with Washington,” Perdue said. “Now, due to an unworkable budget process and politicians who put their political self-interests ahead of national interest, Obamacare remains the law of the land.”

Donald Trump was also outraged by vote, tweeting: “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”

With the attempts to repeal Obamacare falling short, the Senate may now work on shoring up the stability of the ACA health insurance exchanges.

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