WASHINGTON — A slimmed-down Senate bill to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act went down to defeat early Friday.
“Let me just say its been a long road for both sides. It’s time to turn the page,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said after the measure was rejected 51-49 in a 1:40 a.m. vote, with all Democrats and three Republicans voting no. “We are not celebrating. We are relieved.”
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Schumer’s comments followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who struck a frustrating tone in his remarks and suggested Democratic senators were gloating after the vote.
“This is a clearly a disappointing moment,” McConnell said. “Constituents have suffered and awful lot under Obamacare and we thought they deserved better.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to vote no on the bill.
Outlined by McConnell, the “skinny” bill proposed only partial repeal of Obamacare, and…
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