Three Republican Senators Trigger Collapse Of Health Care Effort | NBC Nightly News

Three Republican Senators Trigger Collapse Of Health Care Effort | NBC Nightly News


HUNT WAS UP ALL NIGHT WATCHING IT AND EXPLAINS HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN.>>Reporter: AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF FIGHTING, THE REPUBLICAN PROMISED TO REPEAL OBAMACARE IS BROKEN. SENATOR JOHN McCAIN STUNNED HIS PRESIDENT AND HIS PARTY OVERNIGHT, STEPPING UP AND VOTING NO. TO GASPS IN THE SENATE CHAMBER. THE SO-CALLED SKINNY REPEAL BILL FAILED 49-51. TWO OTHER REPUBLICANS ALSO VOTING NO.>>THIS IS, YOU KNOW, CLEARLY A DISAPPOINTING MOMENT.>>Reporter: IN THE CRITICAL MOMENTS BEFORE THE VOTE, THE VICE PRESIDENT ON THE FLOOR PLEADING HIS CASE. THE PRESIDENT CALLING McCAIN ON HIS CELL PHONE. BUT IT WASN’T ENOUGH TO CUT THE DEAL.>>THEY SHOULD HAVE APPROVED HEALTHCARE LAST NIGHT, BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE EVERYTHING. BOY, OH, BOY. THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT ONE FOR SEVEN YEARS. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?>>Reporter: DEMOCRATS TODAY HAILING McCAIN AS A HERO. INSISTING THEY WANT TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS. BUT THERE’S NO CLEAR PATH FORWARD. REPUBLICAN LEADER MITCH McCONNELL NOT SAYING WHAT HE’LL DO NEXT.>>THE ADMINISTRATION IS ALREADY HASTENING THE COLLAPSE OF OBAMACARE. THEY’VE SHORTENED THE ENROLLMENT PERIOD AND CUT OUTREACH TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SIGN UP.>>Reporter: DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP UNDERSTAND HEALTHCARE POLICY?>>I HAVEN’T TALK TO HIM AT LENGTH ON HEALTHCARE POLICY, BUT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO DO SAY HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND IT VERY WELL.>>Reporter: THE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO BUCKED THEIR PARTY NOW HAVE TO ANSWER TO VOTERS.>>SUSAN COLLINS IS LOOKING OUT FOR NOT JUST HER PARTY LIKE HER PEOPLE IN MAINE.>>THERE’S NO SENSE IN STABBING EACH OTHER IN THE BACK. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE DOING WITH MR. TRUMP NOW.>>Reporter: WITH INSURANCE MARKETS STRUGGLING AND PREMIUMS RISING, AMERICANS ARE STILL WONDERING IF WASHINGTON CAN DO ANYTHING TO HELP. THERE ARE ALREADY CONVERSATIONS GOING ON BETWEEN SOME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ABOUT HOW TO AT LEAST STABILIZE THE INSURANCE EXCHANGES, BUT WITH CONGRESS HEADED OUT ON AUGUST RECESS

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