Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No

In the early hours of Friday morning, the Senate rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, derailing the Republicans’ seven-year plan to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.  Republican senators John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) crossed party lines to join Democrats to vote against the bill (49-51).

We are not celebrating,” said the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY. “We are relieved that millions and millions of people who would have been so drastically hurt by the three proposals put forward will at least retain their health care, be able to deal with pre-existing conditions.”

Read the complete New York Times article here. For more information on how each senator voted on all of the Obamacare repeal proposals, see a useful chart here.

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