He replied, 'Because it was the right thing to do.' He later issued a statement.'From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people,' said Mc Cain.'The so-called 'skinny repeal' amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals.'Trump responded on Twitter: '3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down.
As I said from the beginning, let Obama Care implode, then deal. 'The dramatic vote stunned observers, and sent the GOP's improvisational plans to cobble together an Obamacare repeal into a tailspin.
Even some proponents of the 'skinny bill' said they didn't it to be enacted, and merely supported it as a way to hopefully start a conference committee with the House. In doing so, the 80-year old former POW dealt a dramatic blow to the GOP's seven-year long quest to strike down Obamacare.
“This is clearly a disappointing moment,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Kentucky.
Party leaders had finalized the bill over a Republican lunch, and only released the bill at 10 pm Thursday night, casting aside GOP complaints about the need for regular order and a deliberative process from the Democratic push to enact Obamacare.
'If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60,' Trump wrote in the first of a series of tweets.'Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60.
So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes....' he added.
The key vote to defeat the measure was cast by Mc Cain who returned to the Senate this week after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer.
In an impassioned speech the day he returned, Mc Cain had called for bipartisanship on major issues of national concern, and a return to the 'regular order' of legislating by committee.'I regret that our efforts were not enough, this time.''It's time to move on,' he said.Mc Connell put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.The purpose of the procedure, with its drawbacks of not being able to strike all policy aspects of the law, was to deny Democrats the ability to lead a filibuster of the legislation.As the debate wore on, GOP repeal efforts became highly unpopular, and the Obamacare law, which had a rough debut when it got rolled, out grew in popularity.Republican leaders brought up Obamacare repeal legislation using special 'reconciliation' procedures, which would have allowed legislation to clear on a simple majority vote.