Three Republicans derail ‘skinny repeal’ maneuvers
After seven years of vowing to repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare,” Congressional GOP efforts went down in flames on Friday when Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted nay in supporting the Senate Republican’s “skinny” replacement bill.
McCain, giving his no vote with a thumbdown gesture, left Republican senators gasping and Democratic senators clapping. The 80-year old senator, recently diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, had flown back to vote. The senator’s vote was considered the decisive vote to derail the GOP’s longtime efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. future with the administration in jeopardy."
After Zinke’s call, Murkowski, who chairs the Senate and Natural Resources Committee, sent a message back to the Interior secretary and Trump. Overseeing the agencies confirmation process, a committee hearing on nominations to the Interior and Energy departments was “postponed indefinitely” with no reason given, stated the Alaska Dispatch News.
Finally, early Friday, by a vote of 49-51, Senate Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare, with three Republican senators —McCain, Collins and Murkowski — joining 48 Democrats to vote against the “skinny” repeal bill. McCain’s reputation as a political maverick was evident when he voted against GOP Senate leadership. This vote may be considered his political legacy.