Moments From GOP's Failed Healthcare Vote

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Ryan's statement appears it could keep the Senate bill, whatever it ends up being, alive for the time being if it satisfies the Graham-McCain-Johnson concerns. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were widely considered out of reach for supporting the repeal, so the GOP could only lose one other vote among its 52 senators. Amendments that are carefully crafted and fit within the rules can pass on a simple majority vote.

His timely return gave the Republicans the votes they needed, albeit by the narrowest of margins, to advance the Obamacare repeal and replace efforts.

Few senators liked the bill, and it probably would have destabilized the health care markets and made a ban on pre-existing conditions economically untenable. John McCain joined two other Republicans in casting the deciding no votes. "And our only regret is that we didn't achieve what we had hoped to accomplish".

He said the two leaders of the Senate Health Education Labor Pensions Committee - Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray from Washington - were already in discussions, and he would hopeful they would hold health care hearings.

TED CRUZ: If you stand up and campaign and say, we're going to repeal Obamacare and you vote for Obamacare, those are not consistent.

"Democracy is about bipartisanship and listening to what's in the best interest of the people we serve", Green said.

But with three Republicans voting against the measure - Sens. He had cast his vote to take up the health care bill, delivering for his party and Trump on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years.

Protesters outside the US Capitol.

3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down.

Other Republicans signaled their desire to return to the committee process and regular order to come up with a solution, including Arizona's John McCain, who voted against the bill, and Ohio's Rob Portman, who voted for it. "As I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode, then deal - watch, exclamation point".

It would have resulted in 16 million people losing their health insurance by 2026, with insurance premiums increasing by 20 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). But it has created enough uncertainty that insurers are asking for big premium increases next year.

One version of the skinny bill would repeal mandates on individuals to buy health insurance and on large businesses to offer health insurance to employees.

The provision to defund Planned Parenthood drew opposition from Collins and Murkowski. They will tell McConnell what they have in mind for Obamacare - once he is out of power and control the Senate - and perhaps the House as well. With all three options voted down, the legislative effort to repeal Obamacare looks over for now.

The American Medical Association came out against the HCFA on Thursday, calling it a "toxic prescription".

"It is being called a skinny bill because it won't have much in it", said Sen.

US Republicans failed spectacularly Friday in their latest effort to dismantle Obamacare, leaving the party shocked and in disarray and signalling the potential death knell for President Donald Trump's dream of repealing his predecessor's health reforms.

But House leaders have also passed a "martial law" rule that would allow them to bring a bill to the floor in the coming days if necessary. And then they voted on the legislation that many considered bad and were devastated by its defeat.