“Senator John McCain brought down the latest Republican health-care plan early Friday morning,” The Atlantic reports.
“In a moment of high drama on the Senate floor, the Arizona senator, stricken with brain cancer and railing against his party’s secretive legislative maneuvering, provided the decisive vote against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act. The amendment fell, 51-49, thwarting once again the GOP’s longstanding efforts to deliver on a central campaign promise. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also voted against the bill, continuing their opposition to the GOP’s partisan repeal effort.”
“This is clearly a disappointing moment. Yes, this is a disappointment. A disappointment indeed,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
“Immediately after his amendment went down, a distraught McConnell scrapped further votes on the bill and said it was “time to move on” from the GOP’s repeal effort.”