‘House of Cards’ creator calls McCain vote an act of heroism
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The creator of the hit Netflix series "House of Cards" thanked three GOP senators on Friday after the Senate vote to repeal ObamaCare failed, calling their decisions to vote against the bill an act of "heroism."

Beau Willimon, who developed the U.S. version of the hit show, wrote on Twitter Friday that GOP Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' Meghan McCain says Ben Carson should be developing brain cancer treatment, not working at HUD Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats MORE (Ariz.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Overnight Energy: Park Service plans to pay full-time staff through entrance fees | Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax | Interior chief takes heat for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Democrats grill Trump Interior chief for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights MORE (Maine) should all be celebrated as "heroes" for their votes against the bill.

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In subsequent tweets, Willimon thanked the three Republicans for voting for "people over party," as well as thanking Democrats for their unified opposition to the GOP's efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

The Senate GOP's effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare appeared to die Thursday night after the three Republicans defected and joined with Democrats to defeat the the Senate's "skinny" repeal of the Affordable Care Act. McCain, who earlier cast the deciding vote to bring the bill into debate, also cast the deciding vote to defeat it.

Senate leadership reacted to the news with dismay but told senators it was "time to move on."

“This is clearly a disappointing moment,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-Ky.) said after the vote.

“I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time. Now, I imagine many of our colleagues on the other side are celebrating. Probably pretty happy about all this. But the American people are hurting, and they need relief.”