Republican efforts to repeal portions of Obamacare failed narrowly in the Senate late Thursday night by a vote of 49-51.
The so-called “skinny repeal” bill would have undone portions of the Affordable Healthcare Act — namely eliminating the individual mandate and defunding Planned Parenthood.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who returned to Washington this week after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot and a tumor in his brain, voted against the bill along with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and every Democratic senator.
President Trump tweeted his disappointment shortly after the vote took place.
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
The “skinny repeal” bill was a significantly scaled down version of the American Health Care Act, an earlier plan to repeal and replace Obama’s signature health-care law that failed dramatically in the Senate earlier this year.