This language passed both chambers of Congress back then, but even Senate Republicans acknowledge that it was a vote to send a message to President Barack Obama and to their voters back home because they knew it was going to get vetoed. Both Kansas Senators voted in favor of the measure.
Wednesday's defeat comes after the main Republican proposal to replace the ACA was defeated 43-57 on Tuesday night, falling far short of the 60 votes required for passage. States could seek waivers from consumer protections in the Obama-era law, and individuals could increase the amount they contribute to tax-sheltered health savings accounts for medical expenses.
The so-called "skinny repeal" is a last resort for Senate Republicans to pass something - anything - to trigger negotiations with the House.
"There's no promise of a clean repeal vote", Paul said on "FOX & Friends". Ben Sasse of Nebraska. "It doesn't solve the problems with the Affordable Care Act".
And cracks are already showing. If it were to become law, this repeal would be welcome news to manufacturers such as Medtronic Inc and Abbott Laboratories Inc.
It's not over yet. But Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., highlighted a major challenge that he and other senators face: How can they prepare amendments to legislation without knowing what they are amending? They are plunging ahead with debate toward their unknown goal, pressured by an impatient president.
After successive failed votes on other plans, Republicans are coming to believe that what's being called a "skinny repeal" may be the only thing that can pass and keep the process moving.
"We'll see what they pass, and we'll go from there", Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told reporters when asked about whether he would commit to a conference committee. "We're determined to do everything we can to succeed".
Another GOP aide said the current proposal would also boost funding for community health centers and repeal the law's prevention fund.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who joined his friend Graham at the press conference, said the Republican effort to replace Obamacare deserves moretime and consideration than it was being given. "It's not the "repeal and we're starting from a blank slate" because that was defeated". Thom Tillis, R-N.C. A week earlier he argued for bipartisanship and a desire for the entire Senate to come together and create a health care bill that would truly benefit the American people. Trump has singled out Murkowski for criticism, saying on Twitter that she had let down the Republican Party and the country. "Too bad!" Trump wrote. It turns out now you have a president that would sign the repeal, there are whole bunch of people who don't want to vote for repeal anymore because it would happen. Susan Collins of Maine; Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia; John McCain of Arizona; Rob Portman of Ohio; Lamar Alexander of Tennessee; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Dean Heller of Nevada voted in opposition.
Portman is talking by phone with OH reporters around 11:10 a.m. and we'll provide details in the live Twitter feed below. The Senate began its session Wednesday morning with about 17 hours left in the debate. But it's still possible that some of those measures don't end up in the final amendment.