The latest installment in Republican's attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the early hours of Friday morning.
The so-called “skinny repeal” bill — which would repeal certain aspects of Obamacare, but not the entirety of — was voted down in a shocking 49-51 vote.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the deciding vote.
In a statement after the early morning vote, McCain said:
“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 nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”
McCain's vote in opposition to the bill comes as an about-face after he initially voted in favor of the motion to proceed earlier this week. After the vote — in which the motion passed — McCain gave an impassioned speech urging a bipartisan effort in crafting legislation.
After Friday morning's vote, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that it was “time to move on,” according to The Hill.
“What we tried to accomplish for the American people was the right thing for the country,” he added. “I think the American people are going to regret that we couldn't find another way forward.”
Also voting against the bill were Republicans Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine).
Murkowski said, after the vote, “We all wanted to try to get to a positive outcome. It's very disappointing that we weren't able to.”