Early Friday Morning in major dramatic fashion, Senate Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare hit a brick wall when Senator John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins joined with Democrats to kill the “skinny repeal” plan, CNN reports.
McCain, Collins, and Murkowski joined all 48 Democrats to reject the Republicans’ skinny repeal plan, sinking it with a vote of 49-51. Following his return to Capitol HILL, McCain had voted for a motion to proceed to the bill on Monday after and refused to reveal what side he was voting for till the midnight vote was held.
According to Politico, Vice President Mike Pence engaged McCain at length, but his mind seemed to be made up. After leaving the chamber he said; “I do my job as a senator,” and I voted against Obamacare repeal bill “because I thought it was the right vote”. McCain’s “NO” was received with an audible gap throughout the chamber leaving his colleagues and even Democrats stunned by his vote.