Biden thanks GOP healthcare bill opponents after skinny ObamaCare repeal failure
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMacro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown 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 McCainKelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities Sinema, Manchin curb Biden's agenda MORE (Ariz.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsVoting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend Sinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump 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 ObamaBarack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle Voting rights is a constitutional right: Failure is not an option Florida looms large in Republican 2024 primary MORE's signature healthcare law.