An emerging Republican strategy to get a health-care bill through a closely divided Senate faces serious head winds in the House, and lawmakers are already skeptical that the differences between the two chambers can ever be bridged.
Here's a look at the five top moments on the Senate floor early Friday during a vote on a "skinny repeal" bill to scrap key components of Obamacare.
The late-night failure of the skinny-repeal option, which would have ended the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer insurance mandates and medical device tax for three years and made other limited changes, effectively ended the current GOP push to undo what Republicans call "Obamacare".
Although Republican senators presented the "skinny bill" as a means to get into talks with the House, some GOP aides and lobbyists were suggesting that the House might pass the Senate's "skinny bill" as-is, which would allow Republicans to claim at least a partial victory and move on to other issues.
"This is clearly a disappointing moment", Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said immediately after the bill failed. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins - killed the effort by voting against it.
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the legislation enacted under Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, has been a rallying cry for Republicans since the program was signed in 2010.
Other Republicans said it was time to move on to other legislative priorities such as tax reform. "Something has to be done", McCain said. Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick bragged about her Obamacare vote, saying "it's also the one I'm most proud about".
"Every Republican who voted to proceed to a phantom bill has voted to disregard the health of millions of Americans". While Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., eventually said he was reassured by Ryan's statement, McCain remained unconvinced. This entails a rolling series of votes that would potentially involve scores of time-consuming amendments that can be offered by any senator.
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KEITH: So as you say, this piece of legislation, this thing that they were voting on, the so-called skinny repeal - many of them thought it was bad and didn't want it to become law.
Supporting Trump in his decision to air his dirty laundry with Murkowski in 140-characters or less, GOP Senator Buddy Carter of Georgia said, "Let me tell you, somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass", meaning that someone should go hit Murkowski. Republican leaders have been sending pieces of the legislation to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to assess its impact and determine whether it complies with Senate rules.
He campaigned on repealing and replacing "Obamacare" at the very beginning of his presidency.
"They should have approved health care last night", Trump said Friday during a speech in Brentwood, New York.
Now, the Senate is crafting a health care bill on the fly. He said would only support a repeal bill that came with an adequate replacement plan and said the "skinny" repeal didn't do so.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a statement that the Trump administration would pursue its health care goals through regulation.
She adds, "Now, Congress must finally pivot to the long overdue bipartisan work to update and improve the Affordable Care Act and to continue to lower Americans' health costs".