"Tonight is a victory for millions of Americans who will not lose health coverage because Senate Republicans failed to pass their latest disgraceful attempt at a health repeal bill", said Sen. McCain later said the measure "offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system".
"I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress", he said in a statement referring to an ongoing Pentagon study on the issue.
"Inaction will result in harm for too many people", Bishop Dewane added. Then, they failed to pass a repeal-only bill. But the law, which helped 20 million people obtain health insurance, has steadily grown more popular. All the Democrats voted "no." Sen. Yes, he could have pulled the whole tent down on the GOP Tuesday, and if somehow McConnell manages to sneak some hateful bill through this week, it will be on McCain. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME said no. McCain walked over to the Senate clerk, not far from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KU), gave a thumbs down, and said "no".
"The greatness of our country is not measured by the well-being of the powerful but how we have cared for the 'least of these, '" Bishop Dewane said.
"Additionally, there are other issues that must be addressed for the benefit of patients, including reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicare extenders, and reducing the unnecessary regulatory infrastructure that drives up costs and inhibits the efficient delivery of patient care".
McCain also spoke with a group of Democrats huddled on the Senate floor, reportedly telling them that he would vote down the bill. Only 29 percent said they wanted Republicans in Congress to "continue working on a new healthcare bill".
Jim Sedlak, executive director of the American Life League, was disappointed in the final vote. The Speaker's statement that the House would be "willing" to go to conference does not ease my concern that this shell of a bill could be taken up and passed at any time.
Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobbying organization, personally delivered a letter to USA senators July 24 signed by 7,150 US women religious urging the senators to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act and any proposals that would repeal the Affordable Care Act or cut Medicaid.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said she was "very relieved that, for the time being, healthcare repeal has been set aside".
It's now clear that replacing Obamacare - or even repealing small parts of it - may be forever a pipe dream for President Trump and the GOP, whose deep divisions over the USA health-care system proved unbridgeable in the end.