Democrats won again as the straight up repeal of Obamacare was defeated in the Senate.
Senate Republicans couldn’t get a simple majority for the straight repeal that they Republicans voted for in 2015.
Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden engaged in a spirited healthcare discussion, along with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) before the vote:
Before the vote, Democrats didn’t even bother to raise a point of order, which meant that they were extremely confident that that vote would fail.
The usual Republican suspects voted for the bill, but Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH). and Dean Heller (R-NV) voted no. The seven Republican no votes combined with all Democrats voting no meant that the amendment was defeated.
Straight Obamacare repeal was never going to pass. Rand Paul demanded a vote on straight repeal. He got it, and he lost.
The big main event is the “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill that will come up either on Thursday or Friday. A defeat of the skinny bill that would double the cost of premiums and take healthcare away from 15 million people, would kill the effort to repeal the ACA.