Late last night, the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare came to an end in a dramatic 49-51 vote, with three Republican Senators, including Senator John McCain who cast the deciding vote, joining Democrats in opposition to McConnell's controversial "skinny repeal" bill.
Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who had been stalwart opponents of various incarnations of repeal throughout the legislative process, were the other two Nay votes.
Senator McCain explained his vote on Twitter:
After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed his regret from the floor:
"This is clearly a disappointing moment. We told our constituents we would vote that way. When the moment came, most of us did. We kept our commitments. We worked hard -- and everybody on this side can certainly attest to the fact that we worked really hard -- to try to develop a consensus for a better way forward."
President Trump responded on Twitter Friday morning.
While the President is content to let the healthcare law "implode," Senator Schumer urged the Senate to work together to improve Obamacare.
Senator McCain echoed Schumer's call for bipartisanship in a statement he released Friday morning, urging his colleagues to "do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve."