Watch the moment that McCain voted no on Obamacare repeal

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They settled on a very limited version of repeal, slicing out a few pieces of the law.

"I encourage both sides of the aisle to trust each other, stop the political gamesmanship, and put the health care needs of the American people first", McCain said.

"Unfortunately", Ryan said, "the Senate was unable to reach a consensus".

President Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval of McCain's "no'" vote, as well as those of fellow GOP Sens.

After narrowly moving ahead earlier this week on health care, the Senate has rejected the health care alternative crafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and turned back a plan to repeal now, replace later.

"I think it is quite likely we will be here much of the night, if not all night", said Sen. The swamp! But we'll get it done.

In the end the misgivings of a few Republican senators derailed the GOP's seven-year quest to roll back "Obamacare".

Republican Sen. John McCain is receiving praise from union leaders Friday for killing an Obamacare repeal bill with his deciding vote.

Traveling Friday afternoon, President Trump responded to questions about the health care vote by saying, "It's going to be fine". NPR's Tamara Keith has been covering this incredible story. But, he warned, the collapse of the repeal effort could have dire consequences with the base.

"They need to figure out how to become more functional", said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK). But it was like a Hail Mary pass. "Senators have made clear that this is an effort to keep the process alive, not to make law".

INSKEEP: Get something through the Senate, I guess.

Above all, don't sit idly by while Trump does his best to kill the Affordable Care Act out of sheer spite for President Barack Obama. They say that was a protective move to give themselves flexibility, but it spooked senators and others that the House would try to move the Senate bill for a quick vote.

"The worst possible outcome is to pass something that most of us believe is a placeholder and it becomes the final product", Graham said.

INSKEEP: OK. Well, we'll find out what he meant in the coming days.

INSKEEP: OK. Ted Cruz sounds disappointed. As The New Republic's Sarah Jones wrote, "Obamacare's real saviors have been dragged out of wheelchairs, arrested, and assaulted for weeks. I'm passing this wanting to get to a conference bill", Perdue said.

KEITH: Yes. But this was the vehicle. "The reality, however, is that repealing and replacing Obamacare still ultimately requires the Senate to produce 51 votes for an actual plan".

Since the healthcare debate got underway, the Republican-controlled Senate has had a fundamental problem: It had no bill it could pass.

Republicans sought to end Obamacare much the same way Democrats handled a 2009 health care vote of their own - rushing, behind closed doors, with little debate, at midnight.

So you know, the president has also been making this argument that Republicans are going to be in trouble if they can't do this thing. Democrats do have a lot of ideas on health care, but a lot of those ideas also involve spending a lot more federal money to back up the system. There is, of course, a lot of disagreement about whether Obamacare is really on its way to imploding. The hope for even a simple repeal was quickly dashed with three Republicans defecting. Let's listen to some of that. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., insisted they wanted assurances from the House that it wouldn't vote. It split us dramatically, and it split us for years.

McCain added, "It's time we sat down together and came up with a piece of legislation that addresses this issue".

"It was a huge disappointment, I stayed up most of the night", said Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX). Any chance of that? And he suggested that, heading into the 2018 midterms where the party in power tends to take some hits, that the Republican Party should potentially brace itself for some blowback from voters who feel betrayed that the Republican Party couldn't make good on its promise.

"So it's hard to understand why we don't do it", Higgins said.

But, he stressed, there is still time for Republicans to land other victories, including on tax reform. "But you can't have everything", he added, seemingly shrugging off one of his biggest legislative setbacks.


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