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Victory on healthcare! (at least for now as Senate “skinny” repeal bill fails)

Another day and, happily, another stinging defeat for Trumpcare. Here’s the Associated Press:

Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump’s agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol.

Unable to pass even a so-called “skinny repeal,” it was unclear if Senate Republicans could advance any health bill despite seven years of promises to repeal “Obamacare.”

“This is clearly a disappointing moment,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “I regret that our efforts were not enough, this time.”

The good folks at Think Progress have a thorough rundown of how all this went down (the decisive vote took place at 1:30 this morning). Here’s some of it:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) asked the Senate to move on early Friday morning after the latest Republican health care bill, or the so-called “skinny repeal” bill, failed to pass. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ) voted against the bill, with a final tally of 51 to 49. An audible gasp followed McCain’s vote, along with mild cheer from the chamber.

The bill text of the so-called “skinny bill” was revealed late on Thursday. Officially named the Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA), the bill makes serious cuts to the Affordable Care Act. The bill does not accomplish the Republican party’s goals in the long term, as most provisions have an expiration date.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that this bill would leave 16 million people uninsured by 2026 and drive up premiums by 20 percent. Fifteen million people would have been uninsured by next year alone….

Friday, July 28: The Senate rejected “skinny repeal” bill at 1:30 a.m.

1:55 a.m. McConnell’s effort to go to the Defense bill tomorrow was blocked by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), which means the Senate will go to nominations Monday.

1:44 a.m. The Senate will move on from health care for now. McConnell asked to put the House bill to the Senate calendar. He asked to bring a new item on the agenda Friday morning, after admitting defeat. The motion was denied by Rand Paul (R-KY).

1:33 a.m. The Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA) failed. The tally: 51 to 49.

12:24 a.m. In yet another effort to restore procedural order, Senator Patty Murray (D- WA) motioned to send the House-passed bill back to committee. The final tally: 52 to 48.

Thursday, July 27: The Senate introduced the skinny repeal bill text.

10:31 p.m. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate that the “skinny repeal” bill will leave 16 million people uninsured by 2026 and drive up premiums by 20 percent. Fifteen million people will be uninsured by next year alone.

9:55 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the text of the “skinny bill,” called the the Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA). The vote is scheduled at midnight.

We’ll have more coverage of this issue and what’s next as the day goes on. Check back later for more updates.

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