Watch As John McCain Saves Thousands of American Lives

Watch As John McCain Saves Thousands of American Lives

Republican Rep. Don Young of Alaska has also been a longtime proponent of repealing the Affordable Care Act and said he was disappointed the repeal did not receive enough votes.

While his dramatic thumbs-down rejection drew gasps and cheers in Washington, D.C., leaders in Arizona have responded with a mixture of disappointment and frustration - but little in the way of direct criticism in this Republican-heavy state.

Republican Senator John McCain joined with two of his GOP colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill early Friday, scuttling the party's months-long effort to pass health legislation.

KEITH:.Quote, "three Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down".

It provided health insurance to millions of previously uninsured Americans. From passage, the bill could go straight to the House floor for a vote, or move into a conference committee. Rather, it was meant to be a gateway into a "conference committee" with the House of Representatives with which a far broader, far-reaching health care deal could be struck.

Trump met with three Republican senators on Friday about a proposal from Sen.

The vote was always going to be close after Senate Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski signalled they would oppose the measure.

Before the vote, at 10:43 p.m. ET, Trump was rooting them on in a tweet: "Go Republican Senators. Go!"

After voting down both a repeal-only and a replacement plan this week, what the senators are focused on now is a slimmed down version of previous plans that have been brought forth only to fail each time from lack of full support among Republicans. One would have erased Obama's statute and replaced it with a more constricted government health care role, and the other would have annulled the law and given Congress two years to replace it.

Martin was clearly talking about Republicans but said he was not blaming all of them - just those who sided with Democrats. When asked who "is most responsible", 20 percent picked Senate Republicans, 13 percent said Trump, and 11 percent said McCain.

Trump reiterated his threat to "let Obamacare implode", an outcome he could hasten by steps such as halting federal payments to help insurers reduce out-of-pocket costs for lower-earning consumers. Trump tried to make up for it in the run-up to the vote by calling him an "American hero", but it was too little, too late: the 80-year "lion of the Senate" who is probably serving his last term after getting elected with Trump's endorsment, ignored the overtures to emit a last roar. John McCain - whose support allowed the debate to begin Tuesday - cast a surprise "no" vote. Ron Johnson. "That's not in his powers".

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

Today house speaker Paul Ryan in a statement, "At the top of that list is cutting taxes for middle-class families and fixing our broken tax code".

"Sometimes you need a little spark", Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said on Friday, hoping that McCain's vote will change the dynamic on health care.

No Democrats voted for the GOP bill.

Graham said that the "skinny bill" as-is was a "fraud", "disaster", "pig in a poke" and also "half-assed", and that passing it would be "the dumbest thing in history".

He added, "I encourage the Senate to continue working toward a real solution that keeps our promise".



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