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‘House of Cards’ creator calls McCain vote an act of heroism

Greg Nash

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 McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) should all be celebrated as “heroes” for their votes against the bill.

{mosads}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 McConnell (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.”

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