Biden thanks GOP healthcare bill opponents after skinny ObamaCare repeal failure
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike 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."


The Senate narrowly rejected a "skinny" ObamaCare repeal bill early Friday morning after three Republicans — Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainConservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney What's really going on down in Georgia Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE (Ariz.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell sidesteps Cheney-Trump drama Romney defends Cheney: She 'refuses to lie' The Memo: Trump's critics face wrath of GOP base MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan Trump drama divides GOP, muddling message Moderate Republicans leery of Biden's renewed call for unity 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 ObamaCensus results show White House doubling down on failure Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Never underestimate Joe Biden MORE's signature healthcare law.