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Republicans failed to pass 'skinny repeal' of health care bill

"It's time to move on," the Senate Majority Leader said.

A measure to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act failed early Friday, and now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "it's time to move on." 

Republicans failed to pass the so-called "skinny repeal" of former President Barack Obama's health care legislation, with a vote of 49-51 (three Republicans and all Democrats – including Minnesota's two senators – voted against the bill). 

Those against the "skinny repeal" said getting rid of important provisions of the Affordable Care Act without replacing them would force insurers to leave the marketplace, resulting in higher premiumsCNN Monday said. (Read what was in the bill here.)

So what's next? 

Republican senators have been unable to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so in somewhat of a last-ditch effort, they tried to pass this slimmed-down package. 

The hope was the bill would get the 50 votes needed, and then senators would work with members of the House in a conference committee to come up with a final bill, CNN reports.

But since the "skinny repeal" didn't pass, the GOP's seven-year effort to get rid of the ACA is effectively halted. 

"This is clearly a disappointing moment,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said, according to The Associated Press. “I regret that our efforts were not enough, this time.”

He then said "it's time to move on," noting the Senate will start working on other legislation next week, putting the health care bill on hold for now, the AP says.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, voted against the bill, tweeting the "skinny repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with meaningful reform." 

The New York Times has a breakdown of the amendments Republican senators have tried to pass this week in an effort to begin repealing the Affordable Care Act. They all failed. 

How Minnesota's sens. reacted

Minnesota's U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar – both Democrats – voted against the bill early Friday morning. 

Franken tweeted calling it "a win," but noting the "fight is not over." In a second tweet, he said "And tomorrow, let's get started on working across the aisle to improve health care for all Americans."

Meanwhile, Klobuchar cheered McCain and the other Republicans for their decision to vote no on the bill, adding: "Time to work across the aisle to improve the ACA. That's leadership." 

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