Short of votes, the GOP fell short of their possible final attempt to repeal Obamacare with Senate Republicans declaring that it will no longer vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill, AP reports.
The defeat was announced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during lunch with other GOP members on Capitol Hill Monday night.
“We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system,” said the Kentucky senator after a weekly caucus meeting. “We are not going to be able to do that this week, but it still lies ahead of us.”
“We don’t have the votes,” said the bill’s co-author Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. “Am I disappointed? Absolutely.”
The Graham-Cassidy bill aims to transfer Obamacare funds down to the states to create their own health care programs.
Relieved with the defeat of the repeal effort, Senate Democrats have expressed willingness for a bipartisan solution to fix the Affordable Care Act’s shortcomings.