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7 Moments From GOP's Failed Health Care Vote

"3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down," Trump tweeted

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    A final Senate push to repeal and replace Obamacare failed with three Republicans voting "no," including Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins. (Published Friday, July 28, 2017)

    President Donald Trump's priority to repeal and replace Obamacare was thwarted after senators voted down early Friday morning, after hours of debate on the floor, a GOP health care bill.

    Sen. John McCain of Arizona, just a week after surgery and with black-and-blue bruising on his face, was one of three Republicans to cast the "no" votes that felled the GOP's seven-year effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — at least for now.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he "regret[s] that our efforts were not enough this time."

    The results of the Senate vote — 51 against and 49 in favor — sparked a flurry of responses on social media from politicians, pundits and celebrities.

    Here are seven of the more remarkable moments from the GOP's "skinny repeal" vote:

    7) McConnell says of the failure, "It's time to move on."

    6) Trump responds on Twitter: "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!" 

    5) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, expresses relief about the bill's failure. "We are not celebrating; we are relieved," he says.


    4) Trump called McCain to try to sway him to vote for "skinny bill" by assuring him it wouldn’t end up passing into law, a source with knowledge of the call told NBC News.  

    3) GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine both voted "no" on the repeal. "I want us to try to get back to how we can restart, because the work is not done," Murkowski told NBC News. "We cannot let the public believe that we are done with healthcare. We’re just beginning."

    2) Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono talks about battling kidney cancer. "Where is your compassion?" she asked her colleagues "Where is the care that you showed me when I was diagnosed with my illness. I find it hard to believe that we can sit here and vote on a bill that is going to hurt millions and millions of people in our country."

    Sen. Hirono Asks GOP to Show Compassion in Emotional PleaSen. Hirono Asks GOP to Show Compassion in Emotional Plea

    Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) took the floor as she shared her experience with kidney cancer and the comforting notes and encouragement she received from colleagues on both sides of the aisle. She asked where that same compassion was just hours before the Senate voted on the health care bill on July 27, 2017.

    (Published Friday, July 28, 2017)
     

    1) McCain flashes a thumbs-down sign as he casts his decisive "no" vote on the bill. Gasps can be heard from the Senate chamber as McCain casts his vote, which decided the fate of the repeal. 

    Raw: Gasps as McCain Goes Thumbs Down on Health BillRaw: Gasps as McCain Goes Thumbs Down on Health Bill

    Lawmakers took to the Senate floor overnight Thursday to vote on the latest GOP health care overhaul measure, just hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the bill's text. The Health Care Freedom Act, called the "skinny repeal," failed to pass in a 49-51 vote, which included "no" votes from Republican Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.

    (Published Friday, July 28, 2017)