Senate GOP “Skinny Repeal” Bill Goes Down In 49-51 As John McCain Casts Deciding Vote

Senate GOP “Skinny Repeal” Bill Goes Down In 49-51 As John McCain Casts Deciding Vote
Sen. John McCain

It was a late night vote that finally put the nail in the Senate Republicans seven year plans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.

A vote that saw Arizona Sen. John McCain remind folks why he likes to be called a “maverick.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “skinny repeal” went down in the vote of 49-51.

From the New York Times:

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who just this week returned to the Senate after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer, cast the decisive vote to defeat the proposal, joining two other Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, in opposing it.

The truncated Republican plan that ultimately fell was far less than what Republicans once envisioned. Republican leaders, unable to overcome complaints from both moderate and conservative members of their caucus, said the skeletal plan was just a vehicle to permit negotiations with the House, which passed a much more ambitious repeal bill in early May.

The “skinny repeal” bill, as it became known at the Capitol this week, would still have had broad effects on health care. The bill would have increased the number of people who are uninsured by 15 million next year compared with current law, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Premiums for people buying insurance on their own would have increased roughly 20 percent, the budget office said.

Earlier in the day, Sens. McCain, Graham, and Johnson looked for assurances that, if passage of the “skinny repeal” would keep the process open, they might vote for it IF Speaker of the House Paul Rayn would promise to to swift vote the legislation and send it to the president “as-is” just for a win. Ryan issued a weak assurance but it seems not wholly convincing.

While the attention is focused on McCain, it’s important to note that Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska had been stalwart “no’s” all week long.

The Twitterverse responded to the last night vote: