President Trump responded to the Senate Republican's inability to pass a skinny version of Obamacare's repeal the only way he knows how: Twitter.
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
Senate Republicans weren't able to muster enough votes to pass their skinny repeal of Obamacare.
Senators voted 49-51 shortly before 2:00 a.m. Friday morning. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) cast a surprise "no" vote. He was joined by GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine).
The bill, titled the Health Care Freedom Act, would have repealed the individual insurance mandate. It would also have repealed the employer mandate for eight years.
GOP leaders and Vice President Mike Pence huddled with McCain, Murkowski and Collins before the vote, which was stalled for nearly an hour.
A few minutes before the vote, McCain crossed the chamber to huddle with Democrats.
McCain's "no" vote came as a shock to many.
Many gasps in the chamber when he voted no. The vote is not yet closed, but it appears it will fail.— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) July 28, 2017
Democrats applauded the move on Twitter.
My friend John McCain just voted no and the bill is going down. Time to work across the aisle to improve the ACA. That's leadership.— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 28, 2017
John, you are a patriot.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) July 28, 2017
The vote is a devastating blow for Republicans who have fought for months to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and will likely have to start the process all over again.
"This is clearly a disappointing moment," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said shortly after the final vote tally was called.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer admitted that the current health care law is not perfect and called for Republicans and Democrats to work together to fix the problems with Obamacare.
We are not celebrating; we are relieved--for the Americans who can now keep their #healthcare. We must work together to improve the law.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 28, 2017
Other memorable moments from the health care debate:
Now the Senate will move on to the defense budget.