The Health Care Freedom Act, which would have repealed employer and individual mandates while leaving some part of the ACA in place, was voted down by the Senate early this morning.
In a session that lasted into the wee hours Friday morning, the Senate voted down a “skinny” bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dealing a big blow to the chamber’s Republican leadership.
The vote was 49-51 to defeat the bill — known as the Health Care Freedom Act — which would have repealed the employer and individual mandates, but would have left other elements of the ACA in place. It also would have defunded Planned Parenthood and repealed the medical device tax. Along with all of the Senate’s Democrats and its two Independents, three Republicans — John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine — also voted against the bill.