But three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona — joined all Democrats and independents in voting against the bill in a 51-49 vote.
JOHN MCCAIN OF ARIZONA, LISA MURKOWSKI OF ALASKA AND SUSAN COLLINS OF MAINE – FAILED SENATE VOTE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND IGNORES THE PEOPLE’S WILL.
July 28, 2017 2:46 PM
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Letter from The Heritage Foundation
Failed Senate vote to repeal Obamacare ignores the people’s will
I sounded the alarm seven years ago about the damage Congress unleashed by passing the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.
Today, the Senate voted against taking the next step in undoing this damage.
This vote ignored the clear will of the American people.
For more than seven years, Republican lawmakers—including President Trump—campaigned on the promise to repeal Obamacare. They rightly noted that Obamacare severely disrupted the health insurance markets, making health plans prohibitively expensive for many Americans. In 2015, Congress passed a partial repeal of Obamacare when President Obama was in office, only to have the effort vetoed.
Now, when we have an administration and Congress in place that could get the job done, lawmakers have balked at the hard work of governing and undoing the hardships of this disastrous health law.
Make no mistake, Obamacare cannot be fixed or bailed out. The health law’s mandates, insurance regulations, taxes, and expansion of government go too deep. No partial effort to address these problems can truly free Americans from the high insurance costs and limited choice they now face.
In Washington, there are no permanent victories or permanent defeats. We will continue to press for completely rolling back the damage caused by Obamacare and replacing it with a patient-centered health system that works better for all Americans.
Rest assured we will not stop until Obamacare is dismantled.
Thank all of you for standing beside us during this fight.