Biden thanks GOP healthcare bill opponents after skinny ObamaCare repeal failure
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID 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 McCainArizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Whoopi Goldberg wears 'my vice president' shirt day after inauguration Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE (Ariz.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8 Murkowski didn't vote for Trump, won't join Democrats Trump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday 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 ObamaJoe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Extremism in the U.S. military Tom Brokaw retiring from NBC News after 55 years MORE's signature healthcare law.