We'll have more on this tomorrow, but great news for the millions of Americans who stood to lose their health care during the epic drama that unfolded in the Senate tonight. From CNN:
The Senate has dealt a devastating setback to the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, defeating a GOP "skinny repeal" bill early Friday morning.
Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins joined with Democrats to oppose the measure.
Shortly before 10 p.m. ET, Senate Republican leaders finally unveiled legislation that had been closely guarded from the public -- as well as their own colleagues -- for days.
The legislation, referred to as a "skinny repeal" bill, would repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer mandates and temporarily repeal the medical device tax. The bill would also give states more flexibility to allow insurance that doesn't comply with Obamacare regulations.
This does not bode well for Trump, who has staked much of his credibility on repealing and replacing Obamacare. The failure will sting, and his party won't be in much of a mood to continue giving him political cover after he failed (again) to unify the party or pass any meaningful legislation. The path forward to repeal Obamacare looks harder than ever for Trump and the Republicans, but their resolve to undo President Obama's signature piece of legislation seems unending. The war is not over yet, but an important battle was won tonight, and the left should celebrate their victory.
More to follow.