SPOKANE, Wash.—Washington and Idaho senators voted along party lines Thursday night in the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate voted 49-51 to defeat a bill that would repeal limited portions of Obamacare.
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said in a statement that the voices of Americans who wanted to protect Medicaid and keep coverage for millions of Americans was heard. She said the stories, phone calls and e-mails paid off for those advocating for health care.
“Now we must chart a path to progress,” said Cantwell.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) also released a statement thanking the people who made their voices heard about the future of health care.
“We defeated Trumpcare tonight thanks to the patients and families who made their voices heard,” said Murray.
This may not be the last time we have to fight back against Trumpcare, but we have seen tonight that together, we can fight back and win. https://t.co/1MVCdY2nRR— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) July 28, 2017
Idaho senators Mike Crapo (R) and James Risch (R) did not released statements on the decision. Both Senators did vote along party lines to pass the bill.