In a striking vote in the early morning hours Friday morning, Senate Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare were defeated. Republicans enjoyed a small victory Tuesday when a motion to proceed to the bill was passed. That allowed the Senate to take up, and change or replace the AHCA which passed in the House.
After a whirlwind week of debate and voting on health care, the Republicans walked away empty handed early this morning. After the motion to proceed had been passed on Tuesday, Senate GOP leaders moved to vote on their version of a comprehensive repeal and replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. That vote hailed with 9 Republicans voting with all 48 Democrats against the bill.
Next, there was debate and a vote on a repeal and delay option. This bill proposed to repeal Obamacare now with a 2-year delay in implementation to allow Congress time to pass a replacement option. That bill was also easily defeated with 7 Republicans joining the Democrats in opposition.
Finally, after the debate and a vote-o-rama on amendments, the Senate came to a vote on a skinny repeal options that would eliminate certain Obamacare mandates. That proposal also failed when John McCain (R-AZ) joined 2 GOP colleagues and all the Democrats in voting no.
The Republican Reaction
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said after the vote,