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John McCain's maverick moment

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The Senate has dealt a devastating setback to Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, defeating a GOP "skinny repeal" bill early Friday morning.

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Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski also voted against it. Collins voted no first, then Murkowski, followed by McCain, who came to the well of the Senate and gave a thumbs down, dooming the repeal Bill to loud gasps, mostly from the Democratic side of the aisle.

In a Twitter post, Trump said the three Republicans and Democrats "let the American people down".

Hours before the failed vote Trump tweeted: "Go Republican Senators, Go!" Twice during the conversation, a Pence aide came to whisper in the vice president's ear - other reporters learned it was the White House calling. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was visibly upset.

"The burden remains on the Senate to demonstrate that it is capable of passing something that keeps our promise, as the House has already done", Ryan said.

American "Grand Ol Party" (Republicans)'s Obamacare repeal bill failed in a dramatic late-night vote.

. Procedurally stalled, McConnell adjourned the Senate until Monday, and now it's unclear if McCain will be able to be on hand when his bill comes to the floor.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Ryan's statement was insufficient.

The Senate is now expected to push back McCain's defense bill until September, and McCain's office said he plans to be back at the conclusion of the August recess.

"This is clearly a disappointing moment", McConnell said.

At a House GOP conference Friday morning, Ryan reportedly recited the lyrics to "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", a metaphor he suggested for the sinking of the GOP's seven-year journey to repeal Obamacare. But as Republicans search for how to keep their years-long effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare" alive, they're coming to believe that the "skinny bill" may be the only option left.

"We'll see how the American people feel about their ideas", he said.

"We're in the twilight zone of legislating", said Democratic Sen.

And shortly after that, Trump posted: "If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute".

Former House Speaker John Boehner, a veteran of his party internecine wars, predicted as far back as February that Republicans would never find the votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

It would also extend a moratorium on the tax on medical-device makers through 2020 and increases the amount that individuals can contribute to health-savings accounts. If you went to bed at a reasonable hour on Thursday, you missed the two hour life span of the new GOP proposal, the "Health Care Freedom Act".

"Now, it is time for Republicans and Democrats to come together and get to work on improving and building upon the Affordable Care Act in order to bring down health care costs for hard-working people", Sen. Yet the scenario at hand, with senators trying to pass something while hoping it does not clear the House or become law, was highly unusual.

Numerous polls had shown little public support for the GOP's earlier proposals to repeal and replace Obama's law.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted: "If McCain had just voted yes they would have had those 60 votes required under reconciliation!" This is a Republican amendment but it's really a record to get Democrats on the record for or against a "single payer" health care plan.

So you know, the president has also been making this argument that Republicans are going to be in trouble if they can't do this thing.

The goal of passing such legislation would be to get something, anything, out of the Senate, so that talks could begin with House Republicans who passed their own more comprehensive repeal-and-replace bill in early May.



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