Washington, D.C. protesters broke out into cheers outside the Capitol building Thursday night when they learned Senate Republicans didn’t have enough votes to discuss their “skinny repeal” health care bill.
Protesters gathered late last night to protest the Senate’s motion to debate their alternative to a complete repeal of Obamacare. When news reached them that the motion to discuss failed, the crowd erupted into cheers and group hugs.
Protesters embraced each other and one participant waved an American flag.
“Yes we did! Yes we did!” the crowd chanted.
Senate Republicans introduced the “skinny repeal” bill, a watered-down version of Obamacare repeal and replace, as a vehicle to get to conference to the House. The bill did not make changes to Medicaid, but did stop funding to Planned Parenthood for one year, repealed the individual mandate and repealed the employer mandate. (RELATED:Senate ‘Skinny Repeal’ Does Not Touch Medicaid)
The vote failed in a 49-51 vote, with three Republican senators voting against it: Sen. John McCain, Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
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