In a major setback for the GOP, the Senate late Thursday failed to pass a stripped down version of an ObamaCare repeal, with Sen. John McCain joining two of his Republican colleagues in voting “no.”
“I regret that our efforts were simply not enough, this time,” Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “This is clearly a disappointing moment.”
The failure came after weeks of negotiation on a bill that leadership thought could move forward in the upper chamber.
The “skinny” repeal failed 49-51, falling just a vote short of the 50 votes needed to move the legislation forward.
Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski also voted against it.
McCain cast the “no” vote two days after an emotional and dramatic return to the Senate floor after being diagnosed with brain cancer last week.
It’s unclear what the future holds for healthcare reform after the major setback.
“What we tried to accomplish for the American people was the right thing for the country,” McConnell said. “I think the American people are going to regret that we couldn’t find another way forward.”
The bill would have repealed the employer mandate for eight years and the medical device tax for three years, as well as defunding Planned Parenthood.
Report from Bloomberg