Senate Votes Down Obamacare Repeal Bill, 7 Republicans Join Democrats


Falls short of the 51 votes needed to pass...
This was a standalone repeal.

Translation: Repeal of Obamacare is not going to happen, plain and simple.

CBS News
A proposal that would partially repeal Obamacare fell short of the 51 votes needed to pass it Wednesday afternoon, dealing yet another blow to the GOP effort to roll back the 2010 health care law.

Republicans needed a simple majority, 51 votes, rather than a supermajority to pass it because they were using the budget reconciliation process.

The vote was among a number of amendments that are being debated and voted on in the Senate this week as Republicans try to find consensus on a repeal plan.

The text of the legislation mirrors a bill that the Senate passed in 2015 that President Obama then vetoed. Under the measure, most of Obamacare would be repealed, but that wouldn't take effect for two years, giving Republicans time to come up with a replacement plan.

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And here are the Republicans who joined Democrats in voting down the bill.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska