Republican Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski voted against the latest GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, crumbling the bill in a 49-51 vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had high hopes the bill would pass after a number of amendments by Democrats, but to no avail.
“Our only regret is that we didn’t achieve what we hoped to accomplish,” McConnell said. “It is time to move on.”
McCain’s vote, after having talked with Vice President Mike Pence for some 21 minutes, according to the Post, pulled audible reactions from some Senators.
“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of (the) aisle, heed the recommendations of (this) nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people,” McCain said in a statement. “We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”