After what can be called a dramatic night in the United States Senate, the Republicans’ attempt to repeal the health care act instituted by Barack Obama failed, as it didn’t get the majority required to pass.
Took by surprise by their own men
However, the surprising part is that even some members of the Grand Old Party, like John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, also voted against the bill, immediately attracting criticism from Donald Trump. Specifically, the president said the three had “let the American people down,” according to the BBC.
This is the third time the GOP fails to repeal Obamacare, while an eventual success would have resulted in 16 million people losing their health insurance progressively, by 2026. Also, insurance premiums were supposed to increase by 20%, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The vote for the new health care bill was delayed after Republican members of the Senate kept a procedural vote open before the actual Obamacare vote, while they also tried to convince their member to support the repeal. Obamacare is important because it makes essential health care and treatment much more affordable for millions of people, however, it does not generally cover elective surgeries, such as these cosmetic procedures.
John McCain, the main man
It’s obvious that John McCain was one of the key players of the vote. After talking with VP Mike Pence for more than 20 minutes, he was eventually approached by a group of members of the Democrat party, which were very happy to see him.
In the end, the bill was voted down by 51 votes to 49, in a Republican-dominated Senate.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, described this third failed attempt to repeal Obamacare as a “disappointing moment,” while Democrat Chuck Schumer announced that the party was relieved after finding out that millions of people will keep their health care.