The senate voted down a GOP attempt to repeal ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act) 49-43, 60 votes would have been needed to repeal the law. This is the first repeal attempt since the party took control of the chamber in January 2015.
The vote was oddly made on Sunday in the middle of July 2015 and was attached to a highway funding bill. The vote fell, perhaps unsurprisingly, on party lines at 49-43 with 8 senators not voting. Oddly a number of GOP voted against repeal, but quickly changed their votes.
Senator Ted Cruz (the guy who grandstanded at a filibuster, reading Doctor Seuss, for 12 hours, while the Government was shut down over ObamaCare) pointed out that 60 votes would be needed to repeal the ACA and that the vote was “an exercise in meaningless political theater”.
According to Politico Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is expected to propose a procedural motion to change Senate rules in order to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes.
The Senate and house have tried and failed to repeal ObamaCare nearly 60 times so far and the Supreme court has heard 6 major cases. ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act) stood up to each attempt, and despite a few bumps and scrapes like the ability for states to opt out of Medicaid, the ACA remains the law of the land.