5 moments from Obamacare repeal vote

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And then, as Democratic Sen. But now that three moderate senators in Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain killed Obamacare repeal, saving health care insurance for millions, right-wing conservatives could not contain their frustrations after the historic vote.

House leaders had no hesitation about blaming the Senate for the collapse of one of the GOP's paramount priorities.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that "cutting taxes for middle class families and fixing our broken tax code" is at the top of his list when Congress returns from its August recess.

I am a survivor only due to the care I received that was paid - almost in full - by the robust health care plan I had through my employer of the time. It's why I and many of my colleagues did as we promised and voted to repeal this failed law.

INSKEEP: Get something through the Senate, I guess.

The unusual procedural approach McConnell embraced Tuesday led to an equally rare level of drama as lawmakers arrived in Washington unsure of the vote's outcome. Several lawmakers said House deputy whip Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., told them the song was meant as a reference to the Senate.

It was the ultimate revenge for McCain on Trump who said during the 2016 campaign that McCain was not a war hero when in reality it was Trump who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War by claiming he had heel spurs.

No formal "skinny repeal" proposal has been released, and the Congressional Budget Office has not issued any analysis of its effects.

The measure defeated Friday would have repealed an Obama mandate that most people get health insurance and would have suspended a requirement that larger companies offer coverage to their employees.

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The Senate voted 55-45 on Wednesday against a simple repeal of Obamacare that would have provided a two-year delay so Congress could work out a replacement plan.

At the end of a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Connell said, "This is clearly a disappointing moment".

He concluded his remarks by saying, "It's time to move on", naming the next legislation on the agenda for Friday. Colorful colloquialism aside, Farenthold and Carter both invoked violent imagery to depict how they would handle the women who dared stand up to the GOP's attempt to wrest Americans from their health care. "And I'm not pointing my finger at any one person, I think this is an institutional problem for the Senate", Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, told CNN.

McCain tweeted that he made his decision because the "repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with meaningful reform".

Democrats, and some Republicans, said the bill's failure could present an opportunity for the two parties to work together to fix problematic areas of the Obamacare law without repealing it.

Iowa's Steve King says in a statement that the Affordable Care Act is a "law that ought not exist, and I will continue to advocate for its complete repeal". Just moments before, Mr Trump had spoken to him by phone, urging him to approve a bill that would have repealed parts of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Obama's law extended coverage to some 20 million people, reducing the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low of around 9 percent. Some Republicans were concerned that the House would simply pass the pared-down bill and send it to Trump.

But whether there's much appetite among Republicans for merely tweaking the health insurance program remains to be seen. He also signaled that he wasn't confident in Ryan's assurances about the bill's fate in a conference committee.

"It's an uphill battle, but we found a way in the House", he said.