Although Senate Republicans were unable to pass their plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, at least one member of Massachusetts' congressional delegation offered Friday that Democrats should not bask in the "skinny repeal" effort's failure. "This is clearly a disappointing moment". "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future", said House speaker Paul Ryan, according to the New York Times.
Republican Arizona Senator John McCain cast the decisive vote to defeat the proposal, joining two other Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, in opposing it, reports The New York Times.
McConnell admitted last night that Senate Republicans will likely have to move on to other legislative issues.
There are not thought to be any further plans for a new bill to repeal Obamacare because the skinny repeal was seen as the bare minimum that Republicans could agree on.
"I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time". This time might be different.
Now, it appears that Republican hopes of repealing ObamaCare have been quashed.
But it's unclear that a 51-vote threshold would actually solve Republican Party's health care struggles.
"We are relieved. Not for ourselves, but for the American people", said Sen. "We told our constituents we would vote that way. A JOKE!" Trump said in a post to his Twitter account. The so-called "skinny repeal" amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals. It would end the requirement that individuals buy health insurance, and suspend through 2026 the requirement that companies provide it for their workers. It would also have delayed a tax on medical devices. The surprise defeat left GOP leaders without a clear option in how to proceed with their push to off President Obama's signature health-care law - a key Trump promise. All 48 Senate Democrats also rejected it.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave a statement on Friday where he slammed President Trump for trying to "sabotage" Obamacare and bragging about the political connotations if the health system collapses.
"You saw president and vice president do everything they could", she said.