Trump blasts lawmakers for voting down 'skinny' ObamaCare repeal

Trump blasts lawmakers for voting down 'skinny' ObamaCare repeal

President Trump early Friday morning blasted lawmakers for failing to pass the Senate GOP's "skinny" ObamaCare repeal bill, doubling down on his past call to "let ObamaCare implode."

"3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!" Trump tweeted just before 2:30 a.m. on Friday.

The Senate voted 49-51 against the skinny bill, which would have repealed ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates and defunded Planned Parenthood.

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Following the bill's defeat, it is unclear what happens next or where the Republican repeal effort can go.

Trump ran on the promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare and has been pressuring Republicans for months to put forward and pass a repeal bill.

Trump had tweeted earlier Thursday night, encouraging Republican senators ahead of the vote.

"Go Republican Senators, Go! Get there after waiting for 7 years. Give America great healthcare!" he tweeted as lawmakers began discussing the GOP's skinny bill, known as the Health Care Freedom Act.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) provided the crucial vote against the bill, joining GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in rejecting the measure.