Just hours after the Senate voted to have an open debate on health care reform, the latest repeal and replace bill that was drafted, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was shot down late Tuesday night as part of the ongoing vote-a-rama.
The bill, which included proposals for amendments from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rob Portman (R-OH), failed to get enough support, with only 43 senators backing the BCRA and 57 opposing it.
Among the 57 senators who blocked the BCRA were nine Republican senators; Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham, Dean Heller, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, and Rand Paul.
The opposing Republicans included both moderates and conservatives.
A vote on a “skinny repeal,” which repeals most of Obamacare, is expected to occur on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) flew in to Washington D.C. to cast his crucial vote in the Senate just a week after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He gave an impassioned speech about bringing bipartisanship back to the Senate.
The vote narrowly passed with Vice President Mike Pence being the tiebreaker, making it a 51-50 victory for Republicans. Last week, it seemed like all hope was lost as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed to get enough Republicans to back a vote.
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