Biden thanks GOP healthcare bill opponents after skinny ObamaCare repeal failure
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBooker holds 'Get Out the Vote' event in South Carolina as presidential speculation builds Biden, Jackson receive Freedom Awards from National Civil Rights Museum The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE on Friday offered his gratitude to "everyone who worked tirelessly" to protect healthcare, presumably meaning those who opposed Republicans' efforts to repeal parts of ObamaCare.

"Thank you to everyone who tirelessly worked to protect the health care of millions," Biden wrote on Twitter. "You saved lives."

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The Senate narrowly rejected a "skinny" ObamaCare repeal bill early Friday morning after three Republicans — Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Live coverage: McSally clashes with Sinema in Arizona Senate debate MORE (Ariz.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns Susan Collins and the mob mentality Graham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiEx-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party Murkowski not worried about a Palin challenge Flake on Kavanaugh confirmation: To see GOP 'spiking the ball in the end zone' doesn't seem right MORE (Alaska) — came out against the measure.

Democrats unanimously opposed the bill, called the Health Care Freedom Act, which would have ended ObamaCare's individual mandate, eliminated the employer mandate for eight years and delayed the law's medical device tax for three years.

The bill's failure served to derail, at least for now, Republicans' seven-year promise to do away with former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFive takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Live coverage: Heitkamp faces Cramer in high-stakes North Dakota debate Khashoggi prompts Trump to reconsider human rights in foreign policy MORE's signature healthcare law.