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John McCain's 'no' on health care sent shock waves throughout the Senate


Updated July 28, 2017 05:55 AM EDT

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.

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The bill, titled the Health Care Freedom Act, would have repealed the individual insurance mandate. It would also have repealed the employer mandate for eight years.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.

Democrats applauded the move on Twitter.

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.

Other memorable moments from the health care debate:

Senator Mazie Hirono's emotional speech during healthcare debate

Now the Senate will move on to the defense budget.

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