WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans failed to overturn the healthcare law known as Obamacare early on Friday, in a stinging blow to President Donald Trump that effectively ended the Republican Party’s seven-year quest to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Three Republicans crossed party lines to join Democrats in a 49-to-51 vote to kill the bill.
Senate Republicans decided to vote on the pared-down proposal to repeal portions of Obamacare after failing to reach consensus on a more comprehensive measure since the U.S. House of Representatives approved their bill in May.
“This is clearly a disappointing moment,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor after the vote.
Reporting By Amanda Becker, David Morgan and Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Michael Perry