US Senate votes down Obamacare repeal bill

The US Senate has rejected a Republican-drafted healthcare bill aimed at repealing Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The legislation, dubbed the “skinny repeal” bill, failed to pass on the Senate floor 49-51 after hours of intensive debate early on Friday, dealing a major blow to GOP leadership and US President Donald Trump, who had campaigned relentlessly on a pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act approved under his predecessor in 2010.

“The motion is not agreed to. The amendment is not agreed to,” the presiding officer of the Senate read out after a televised vote.

The collapse marked the third and last failed attempt by Republicans to replace Obamacare in the past week.

Senator John McCain speaks with reporters after voting against the “skinny repeal” health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on July 28, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

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