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Senate Defeats ‘Skinny Repeal’ of Affordable Care Act

In the small hours of Friday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) cast the third Republican vote against the Senate’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, defeating the so-called “Skinny Repeal” bill by a vote of 49-51. The measure, which would have repealed the individual and employer mandates, was the final offer by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to get the Senate to a conference with the House. Sen. McConnell indicated that he would move on to other issues. It is unclear what, if any, next steps are planned for the repeal/replace effort. The House is scheduled to begin its recess today.