[Ed. – Time for him to retire.]
With a simple thumbs down, Sen. John McCain dramatically ended Republicans’ seven-year campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
McCain, in the early hours of Friday morning, voted against his party’s scaled-back version of an Obamacare repeal, becoming the decisive vote preventing the GOP from succeeding on its top agenda item and throwing its legislative agenda into deep uncertainty. The Arizona Republican, along with Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, joined all Democrats in opposing the legislation gutting key portions of the ACA. All other Republicans voted for the repeal, which failed by a tally of 51-49.
Republican senators appeared stunned walking off the floor following the vote, with several declining to comment to reporters as they departed. “Needless to say, pretty disappointed,” Sen Pat Toomeysaid. “It’s just sad,” Sen. Ron Johnson added.
Even the scaled-back effort proved unsuccessful.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a somber speech after the failed vote, acknowledged defeat and thanked President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his fellow GOP senators for their efforts.