Senate's "skinny repeal" bill fails

07/28/2017 11:10 AM

The latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed in the Senate with three Republican Senators voting against a plan known as the “skinny repeal.”

Republican Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and John McCain, R-Arizona, joined Democrats in voting down the measure in the early hours of Friday morning.

After the amendment failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor to express his disappointment.

“So yes, this is a disappointment, a disappointment indeed,” McConnell said. “Our friends over in the House, we thank them as well. I regret that our efforts were not enough this time.”

Video Courtesy: C-SPAN

Kentucky’s lone Democratic Congressman, John Yarmuth, Louisville, released a statement calling on Republicans to help improve the ACA.

“As we move forward, it’s time for Congressional Republicans to listen to the American people and work with Democrats to improve and strengthen the Affordable Care Act,” Yarmuth said in a statement. “This doesn’t stop in Washington. Some states have successfully implemented the law, others have not. They all must play a role in replicating the parts of the ACA that are working well, while fixing the areas that aren’t. This issue is too important to let politics stand in the way.”

Our Washington bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta has a full recap of how the vote unfolded.

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